a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 9 zeros, and in Great Britain by 1 followed by 12 zeros.
a very large number:
I’ve told you so billions of times.
equal in number to a billion.
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noun (pl) -lions, -lion
one thousand million: it is written as 1 000 000 000 or 109
(formerly, in Britain) one million million: it is written as 1 000 000 000 000 or 1012
(often pl) any exceptionally large number
(preceded by a or a cardinal number)
amounting to a billion: it seems like a billion years ago
(as pronoun): we have a billion here
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an island in Indonesia, between Borneo and Sumatra. 1866 sq. mi. (4833 sq. km). Historical Examples Wealth of the World’s Waste Places and Oceania Jewett Castello Gilson noun an island of Indonesia, in the Java Sea between Borneo and Sumatra. Chief town: Tanjungpandan. Area: 4833 sq km (1866 sq miles) Also called Belitung
an alloy used in coinage, consisting of gold or silver with a larger amount of base metal. an alloy of silver with copper or the like, used for coins of small denomination. any coin struck from such an alloy. Historical Examples The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6) John Knox The History of […]
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a cloud consisting of broad, parallel bands oriented perpendicularly to the wind.