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  •  Mega from Wikipedia (0+ / 0-)

    Mega- (symbol M) is an SI prefix in the SI system of units denoting a factor of 106, 1,000,000 (one million).

    For example, 1 MW (megawatt) = 1,000,000 watts = 1,000 kilowatts.

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    actually went to look this up further - Mega as a way to convey bigness started when Megaton bombs started being talked about...
    turns out although it now is meant to convey a million units (megawatt for example), the root in Greek means "great" or "large", so the use here is more accurate than I initially thought.

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      Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary - Cite This Source - Share This

      Mega

      Meg- \Meg-\, Mega \Meg"a\, Megalo- \Meg"a*lo-\ [Gr. me`gas, gen. mega`loy, great.] Combining forms signifying: (a) Great, extended, powerful; as, megascope, megacosm. (b) (Metric System, Elec., Mech., etc.) A million times, a million of; as, megameter, a million meters; megafarad, a million farads; megohm, a million ohms.

      American Heritage Stedman's Medical Dictionary - Cite This Source - Share This

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        1. Large: megacephaly.
        2. One million (106): megahertz.

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      by bubbanomics on Thu Mar 13, 2008 at 04:22:13 PM PDT

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