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by 1982, from tera- + byte.


n. 1 One trillion (1012, or 1,000,000,000,000) bytes. SI symbol: TB. 2 (context computing colloquial English) Imprecisely, a tebibyte or 10244 (1,099,511,627,776) bytes. SI symbol: TiB, computing symbol: TB.


n. a unit of information equal to a trillion (1,099,511,627,776) bytes or 1024 gigabytes [syn: T, TB]


The terabyte is a multiple of the unit byte for digital information. The prefix tera represents the fourth power of 1000, and means 10 in the International System of Units (SI), and therefore one terabyte is one trillion ( short scale) bytes. The unit symbol for the terabyte is TB.

1 TB = = = .

A related unit, the tebibyte (TiB), using a binary prefix, is equal to 1024 bytes. One terabyte is about 0.9095 TiB. Despite the introduction of these standardized binary prefixes, the terabyte is still also commonly used in some computer operating systems, primarily Microsoft Windows, to denote (1024 or 2) bytes for disk drive capacity.

Usage examples of "terabyte".

Using terabytes of qubit quantum data and applying relativistic Coulomb field transforms to these mind-consciousness holographic wavefunctions, it was quickly discovered that human consciousness could be quantum-teleported to points in space-time where entangled-pair wavefronts already existed.

What I knew about computers and the way they functioned could be put on a chip and still leave terabytes open, but I did know some of those great, ancient, hoary, old statements that had gone from being glib to trite.

But you could actually put a farlie anywhere, if you got together enough liquid nitrogen and terabytes of storage and kept them in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight.

Moreover, the Network Computer - the stripped down version of the personal computer - will put at the disposal of the average user terabytes in storage capacity and the processing power of a supercomputer.

Its own capacity is four terabytes, four times ten to the twelfth bytes.

Industries, Terabyte Laboratories, Jeffrey Horton, and anyone else who had a hand in building the Triggers which are out there now.

Terabyte Laboratories issued to its employees was a Celestial 3000 Personal Office - which, by no coincidence, incorporated Terabyte solid-state memory and was built in a factory owned by Aron Goldstein.

The quantum processors and software of the Trident’s Nemesis Battlespace Management System was busy collecting, analyzing, and disseminating terabytes of data every second.

Inside this small box are thirty-two thousand, seven hundred sixty-eight coprocessors and five hundred twelve terabytes of molecular memory.

There were very few people who had Horton's current priority key - Lee, his family, Karl Brohier, the Terabyte business office, his lawyer, his accountant, his personal DataSearch librarian - and he still had the priority alarm disabled.

It also holds the equivalent of twelve hundred terabytes of computer memory.

It jarred with Brohier's insistance on calling the Terabyte site a 'campus', because fences and checkpoints had not been part of Horton's college experience at Stanford, or Purdue, or Tennessee State.

The handheld device was attached to the top of the all-purpose tactical intel computer the NCO had packed along, a helmet-sized, half-kilo device which contained fifteen terabytes of multiuse memory and a host of Military Intelligence software.

The gravel path gave Terabyte research director Jeffrey Horton a reason and a place to find a few minutes of solitude and exercise in the middle of the day.

As big as a small room, and weighing more than four tons, this high-speed storage device can hold 6,000 cartridges containing a total of 300 terabytes of informationthe equivalent of more than 150 billion pages of text.