Kilo

Updated: 11/10/2017 by Computer Hope

A kilo is a prefix used with the metric system that stands for 1,000. A kilo is either 2 to the 10th power or 10 to the 3rd power. For example, a kilohert is 1,000 hertz.

  • A '1,000' (10 to the 3rd power) kilo is properly represented as a k in lowercase.
  • A '1,024' (2 to the 10th power) kilo is properly represented as a K in uppercase. This value should now be referred to as a "kibi" or "Ki" to help prevent confusion.

What prefix is after a kilo?

A mega is the prefix used after a kilo.

Related pages

Computer abbreviations, Kib, Kibi, Kilobit, Kilobyte, Measurements