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Units for measuring computer information or speed

bandwidth

noun

the amount of information that can be sent each second over a network connection. A broadband Internet connection has high bandwidth.

baud

noun

a unit for measuring the speed at which information is sent to or from a computer

bit

noun

the most basic unit of information that can be stored in a computer

block

noun

an amount of information considered as one unit, used when writing computer programs

byte

noun

a basic unit for storing computer information, used for measuring the size of a document. A byte is usually made of eight bits.

capacity

noun

the amount of information that can be stored on a computer or on a CD or floppy disk

clock speed

noun

the speed at which a computer works

cps

abbreviation

characters per second: a measure of how fast information moves from one computer or file to another

dpi

abbreviation

dots per inch: a measurement of the ability of a computer screen or printer to produce a clear image

exabyte

noun

a unit for measuring the capacity of a computer system, equivalent to 1018 bytes

GHz

abbreviation

gigahertz

gigabyte

noun

a unit for measuring computer information, equal to 1,024 megabytes

gigahertz

noun

a unit for measuring sound waves, radio waves, and computer speed

K

abbreviation

kilobyte

kb

abbreviation

kilobyte

kbps

abbreviation

kilobits per second: a unit for measuring the speed of a modem

kilobit

noun

a unit for measuring computer information, containing 1024 bits

kilobyte

noun

a unit for measuring computer information, containing 1024 bytes. The written abbreviation is K or kb.

Mb

abbreviation

megabyte: a unit for measuring the size of a computer’s memory, equal to just over one million bytes

mbps

abbreviation

megabits per second: a unit for measuring the speed of a modem

meg

noun

a megabyte

megabit

noun

a million bits (=the smallest unit of information that can be used by a computer)

megabyte

noun

a unit for measuring the size of a computer’s memory, equal to just over one million bytes. This is usually written Mb.

megahertz

noun

a unit most often used for measuring the speed of a computer’s processor or memory, equal to one million hertz

megapixel

noun

a unit for measuring the speed at which images can be sent from one computer to another or the amount of detail you can see on a computer screen, equal to just over one million pixels

MHz

abbreviation

megahertz

mips

noun

million instructions per second: a unit for measuring computer speed

petabyte

noun

a unit for measuring the capacity of a computer system, equivalent to 1015 bytes

pixel

noun

the smallest unit of an image on a computer screen

terabyte

noun

a million million bytes

yottabyte

noun

a number of bytes equal to a 1 followed by 24 zeros or 1024. The written abbreviation is YB.

zettabyte

noun

a number of bytes equal to a 1 followed by 21 zeros or 1021. The written abbreviation is ZB.

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