a combining form meaning “billion,” used in the formation of compound words:
denoting 109: gigavolt, G
(in computer technology) denoting 230: gigabyte
arbitrary word-forming element meaning “billion” in the metric system, 1947, from Greek gigas “giant” (see giant).
One billion (109): gigahertz.
- Gigabits per second
unit (Gbps) A unit of information transfer rate equal to one billion bits per second. Note that, while a gigabit is defined as a power of two (2^30 bits), a gigabit per second is defined as a power of ten (10^9 bits per second, which is slightly less) than 2^30). (2004-02-10)
[gig-uh-bahyt, jig-] /ˈgɪg əˌbaɪt, ˈdʒɪg-/ noun, Computers. 1. a measure of storage capacity equal to 2 30 (1024) . /ˈɡɪɡəˌbaɪt; ˈɡaɪɡəˌbaɪt/ noun 1. (computing) one thousand and twenty-four megabytes See also giga- (sense 2) n. 1982, from giga- + byte. gigabyte (gĭg’ə-bīt’) unit 2^30 = 1,073,741,824 bytes = 1024 megabytes. Roughly the amount of data […]
noun Very much money •Much inflated from megabucks: Silicon Valley, where the winners downloaded giga-bucks (1990s+)
[gig-uh-sahy-kuh l, jig-] /ˈgɪg əˌsaɪ kəl, ˈdʒɪg-/ noun 1. one billion . Abbreviation: Gc.