What is a billion?

  • (adj): Denoting a quantity consisting of one thousand million items or units in the United States.
    Synonyms: a billion
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "billion":

  • (noun): 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.
    Synonyms: one million million, 1000000000000
  • (adj): Denoting a quantity consisting of one million million items or units in Great Britain.
    Synonyms: a billion

Famous quotes containing the word billion:

    Even one billion Chinese do not a superpower make.
    John Lukacs (b. 1924)

    Night’s brittle song, silver-thin
    Shatters into a billion fragments
    Of quiet shadows
    At the blaring jazz
    Of a morning sun.
    Frank Marshall Davis (b. 1905)

    Imagine spending four billion years stocking the oceans with seafood, filling the ground with fossil fuels, and drilling the bees in honey production—only to produce a race of bed-wetters!
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941)