[meg] /mɛg/ Informal.
a female given name, form of .
variant of (megalith); also the initial element in units of measure that are equal to one million of the units denoted by the base word (megahertz). Symbol: M.
(informal) short for megabyte
denoting 106: megawatt, M
(in computer technology) denoting 220 (1 048 576): megabyte
large or great: megalith
(informal) great in importance or amount: megastar
fem. proper name; before the late 20c. rise in popularity of Megan it typically was a pet form of Margaret, and was “used dial. to indicate a hoyden, coarse woman, etc.” [OED]
before vowels meg-, word-forming element often meaning “large, great,” but in precise scientific language “one million” (megaton, megawatt, etc.), from Greek megas “great, large, vast, big, high, tall; mighty, important” (fem. megale), from PIE *meg- “great” (cf. Latin magnus, Old English micel; see mickle). Mega began to be used alone as an adjective by 1982.
High-speed computer stores 2.5 megabits [headline in “Electronics” magazine, Oct. 1, 1957]
1. variant of (megalith); also the initial element in units of measure that are equal to one million of the units denoted by the base word (megahertz). Symbol: M. /ˈmɛɡə/ adjective 1. (slang) extremely good, great, or successful combining form 1. denoting 106: megawatt, M 2. (in computer technology) denoting 220 (1 048 576): megabyte […]
megabacterium meg·a·bac·te·ri·um (měg’ə-bāk-tǐr’ē-əm) n. A bacterium of unusually large size.
[meg-uh-bit] /ˈmɛg əˌbɪt/ noun, Computers. 1. 2 20 (1,048,576) . 2. (loosely) one million . Abbreviation: Mb. /ˈmɛɡəˌbɪt/ noun (computing) 1. one million bits 2. 220 bits megabit (měg’ə-bĭt’)
- Megabits per second
unit (Mbps, Mb/s) Millions of bits per second. A unit of data rate. 1 Mb/s = 1,000,000 bits per second (not 1,048,576). E.g. Ethernet can carry 10 Mbps. (2002-03-23)