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bil·lion

 (bĭl′yən)
n.
1. The cardinal number equal to 109.
2. Chiefly British The cardinal number equal to 1012.
3. An indefinitely large number.

[French, a million million : blend of bi-, second power; see bi-1 and million.]

bil′lion adj.

billion

(ˈbɪljən)
n, pl -lions or -lion
1. (Mathematics) one thousand million: it is written as 1 000 000 000 or 109
2. (Mathematics) (formerly, in Britain) one million million: it is written as 1 000 000 000 000 or 1012
3. (often plural) any exceptionally large number
determiner
(preceded by a or a cardinal number)
a. amounting to a billion: it seems like a billion years ago.
b. (as pronoun): we have a billion here.
[C17: from French, from bi-1 + -llion as in million]
ˈbillionth adj, n

bil•lion

(ˈbɪl yən)

n., pl. -lions, (as after a numeral) -lion, n.
1. a cardinal number represented by 1 followed by 9 zeroes; a thousand millions.
2. (in Great Britain) a cardinal number represented by 1 followed by 12 zeroes; a million millions.
3. any vaguely large number: I've told you a billion times.
adj.
4. equal in number to a billion.
[1680–90; < French]
bil′lionth, adj., n.

billion

A billion is a thousand million, or 1,000,000,000.

The website gets almost a billion visits each month.

Be Careful!
Don't add '-s' to billion when you put another number in front of it.

In January 1977, there were 4 billion people in the world.

billion

(bil) A number equal to 109.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.billion - the number that is represented as a one followed by 12 zeros; in the United Kingdom the usage followed in the United States is frequently seen
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
large integer - an integer equal to or greater than ten
2.billion - a very large indefinite number (usually hyperbole); "there were millions of flies"
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
3.billion - the number that is represented as a one followed by 9 zeros
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
large integer - an integer equal to or greater than ten
milliard - a billion; "in England they call one thousand million a milliard"
Adj.1.billion - denoting a quantity consisting of one thousand million items or units in the United States
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
cardinal - being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order; "cardinal numbers"
2.billion - denoting a quantity consisting of one million million items or units in Great Britain
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
cardinal - being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order; "cardinal numbers"
Translations
بليونمليارمِلْيَار
biliómiliard
miliardamiliardyv počtu bilionubilionbilión
milliardbillion
duilionomiliardo
miljard
miljardibiljoona
milijarda
GB billiómilliárd
biljón ; miljarîurbiljón; miljarîur
10億
10억
bilijonasbilijonas doleriųbilijonas svarųbilijoninismilijardas
miljarda-miljardsmiljardu-
miliard
biliónbiliónovýmiliardamiliardový
milijarda
miljardbiljon
พันล้าน
milyarmilyontrilyonbir milyar dolar/sterlin
مِلْيُن
tỷ

billion

[ˈbɪlɪən] N (billion or billions (pl)) (= thousand million) → mil millones mpl (Brit) (o.f.) (= million million) → billón m
I've told you a billion timeste lo he dicho infinidad de veces

billion

[ˈbɪljən] n
(= one thousand million) → milliard m
(British) (= one million million) → billion m (million de millions)
billions of (= a huge number of) → des milliards de

billion

nMilliarde f; (dated Brit) → Billion f; billions of … (inf)tausende or Tausende von …

billion

[ˈbɪljən] nmiliardo (Brit) (old) → mille miliardi

billion

(ˈbiljən) plurals ˈbillion (1 ~3), ˈbillions (2, ~3) – noun
1. often in the United Kingdom, the number 1,000,000,000,000; in the United States, and often in the United Kingdom, the number 1,000,000,000. a billion; several billion.
2. often in the United Kingdom, the figure 1,000,000,000,000; in the United States, and often in the United Kingdom, the figure 1,000,000,000.
3. a billion pounds or dollars. The sum involved amounts to several billion(s).
adjective
often in the United Kingdom, 1,000,000,000,000 in number; in the United States and often in the United Kingdom, 1,000,000,000 in number. a few billion stars.
billionaire (ˌbiljəˈneə(r)) noun
a very rich person who has more than a billion dollars, pounds etc. He's not just a millionaire – he's a billionaire!
ˈbillionth noun
one of a billion equal parts.

billion

مِلْيَار miliarda milliard Milliarde δισεκατομμύριο billón, mil millones miljardi milliard milijarda miliardo 10億 10억 miljard milliard miliard bilhão, bilião миллиард miljard พันล้าน milyar tỷ 十亿
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Twas rehearsed by thee and me a billion years before this ocean rolled.
All these industries were gathered into buildings near by, connected by galleries and railroads with the main establishment; and it was estimated that they had handled nearly a quarter of a billion of animals since the founding of the plant by the elder Durham a generation and more ago.
I wouldn' lay de weight er my finger on um, not f'r ten hund'd thous'n billion dollars, I wouldn't.
Why, I should have been laughed at for a billion miles around.
But come, suppose that I had the power of passing through solid things, so that I could penetrate my subjects, one after another, even to the number of a billion, verifying the size and distance of each by the sense of FEELING: how much time and energy would be wasted in this clumsy and inaccurate method
To comprehend the meaning of these figures, it is necessary to observe that a quintillion is to a billion as a billion is to unity; in other words, there are as many billions in a quintillion as there are units in a billion.
By the toll of a billion deaths man has bought his birthright of the earth, and it is his against all comers; it would still be his were the Martians ten times as mighty as they are.
Well, suppose this house, just as it is, placed a few billion miles above a planet, and with nothing else near enough to disturb it: of course it falls to the planet?
Michael was ready: he wanted to see how long it took him to do a billion miles.
Not for two billion cents would you risk a scrap with me, you money-sweater, you," was Daughtry's retort.
China's population must be seven hundred millions, eight hundred millions, nobody knew how many millions, but at any rate it would soon be a billion.
We will say, for the sake of round figures, that the total production of wealth in the United States is one year is four billion dollars.