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ˈbɪl yənbil·lion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. billion, one million million, 1000000000000noun

    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

  2. million, billion, trillion, zillion, jillion, gazillionnoun

    a very large indefinite number (usually hyperbole)

    "there were millions of flies"

  3. billion, one thousand million, 1000000000adjective

    the number that is represented as a one followed by 9 zeros

  4. billionadjective

    denoting a quantity consisting of one thousand million items or units in the United States

  5. billionadjective

    denoting a quantity consisting of one million million items or units in Great Britain

Webster Dictionary

  1. Billionnoun

    according to the French and American method of numeration, a thousand millions, or 1,000,000,000; according to the English method, a million millions, or 1,000,000,000,000. See Numeration

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Billion

    bil′yun, n. a million or thousand thousand of millions (1,000,000,000,000); or, according to the French method of numeration, one thousand millions (1,000,000,000). [L. bi-, twice, and Million.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'billion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2140

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'billion' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3868

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'billion' in Nouns Frequency: #913

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of billion in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of billion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of billion in a Sentence

  1. Elizabeth Warren:

    I understand the power of the' 1 %,' you're seeing that right now literally with Michael Bloomberg, who has decided to use part of Michael Bloomberg 55 billion dollars not to buy a yacht, not to buy another home, not to buy a fancy car, but to buy the United States government.

  2. President Trump:

    This thing is costing me a fortune, being president, it's probably costing me from $ 3 to $ 5 billion for the privilege of being — and I couldn't care less — I don't care. You know if you're wealthy, it doesn't matter. I just want to do a great job.

  3. Ilhan Omar:

    The truth is that Islamophobia pervades our culture, our politics and even policy decisions, leading politicians in the Republican Party routinely spout hateful rhetoric about a religion that includes a diverse group of more than a billion peaceful worshipers around the world. This includes falsely claiming Muslims want to replace the Constitution and implement Sharia law, portraying Muslims as inherently violent.

  4. World Bank economist Morisset:

    If the port was as efficient as Mombasa, which is certainly not a great benchmark, the country would make almost $2 billion profit gain per year.

  5. El Albani:

    Life during the so-called Paleoproterozoic Era, 2.5 to 1.6 billion years ago, was not only bacterial, but more complex organisms had emerged at some point, likely only during some phases and under certain environmental circumstances.

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    the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
    • A. wavering
    • B. breastwork
    • C. abandon
    • D. mitre

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