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k, K adj. 1000 or 1024. The lower case "k" is the internationally agreed abbreviation for the prefix "kilo" (as in kilometer or 1,000 meters). The upper-case "K" is never the correct abbreviation for "kilo," and has come to mean the number 1,024 (two to the power of ten), and a measure of computer memory (storage).
 
kanji n. A Japanese ideographic alphabet. In kanji, each character is represented by 2 bytes.
 
katakana n. One of the two common Japanese phonetic alphabets (the other is hiragana). In katakana, each character is represented by 1 byte. Katakana is primarily used to write foreign words phonetically.
 
Kb See kilobit
 
KB See kilobyte.
 
Kbps n. Kilobits per second.
 
kernel n. The part of an operating system that performs basic functions such as allocating hardware resources.
 
key 1. n. In computer security, a sequence of symbols that is used with a cryptographic algorithm for encrypting or decrypting data. 2. n. In a relational database table, a column or a set of columns whose values identify one or more rows. 3. adj. Important.
 
keyboard remapping n. In Personal Communications, a facility that allows users to change the key assignments on the keyboard that they are using for emulation.
 
kickoff meetings n. A series of meetings early in the year, originally in IBM marketing divisions, when senior managers outline the challenges and objectives for the year.
 
kilobit (Kb) 1. n. For processor storage, real and virtual storage, and channel volume, 210 or 1024 bits. 2. n. For disk storage capacity and communications volume, 1000 bits
 
kilobyte (KB) 1. n. For processor storage, real and virtual storage, and channel volume, 210 or 1024 bytes. 2. n. For disk storage capacity and communications volume, 1000 bytes.
 
kludge (rhymes with stooge) 1. n. A quick-and-dirty fix. 2. n. Something large and complicated.
 
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