kilobyte

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Coined in the 1960s, from kilo- (thousand) +‎ byte.

Noun[edit]

kilobyte (plural kilobytes)

  1. (computing) A unit of storage capacity, especially in RAM, equal to 1024 (210) bytes : a kibibyte.
    • 1969, Hisashi Horikoshi, MEMORY CONTROL SYSTEM, US Patent 3618041:
      It is assumed herein that each block includes 32 bytes, each sector includes 1 kilobyte, the buffer memory 116 includes 4 kilobytes, and read data is represented by one double word or 64 bits, as one word in this case consists of 32 bits.
  2. (computing, chiefly networking) 1000 (103) bytes.
    • 1969, Harold R. Dell, HIGH-DENSITY PERMANENT DATA STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM, US Patent 3638185:
      The data word processor 606 handles the in-flow and out-flow of byte-oriented input/output data and interleaved signals at a rate of, for example, 500 kilobytes per second. Instruction processing rates of four to eight per microsecond are required for such a data flow.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

kilo- +‎ byte

Noun[edit]

kilobyte m (invariable)

  1. (computing) kilobyte