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Definitions for billion
ˈbɪl yənbil·lion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. billion, one million million, 1000000000000(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

  2. million, billion, trillion, zillion, jillion, gazillion(noun)

    a very large indefinite number (usually hyperbole)

    "there were millions of flies"

  3. billion, one thousand million, 1000000000(adj)

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

  4. billion(adj)

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

  5. billion(adj)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Billion(noun)

    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.]

British National Corpus

  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. Eurasia Group:

    The government needs to invest about $15 billion per year to maintain current production (2.4 million bpd), and mounting problems will probably lead to a decline of 100,000-150,000 bpd this year, barring a meaningful recovery in oil prices or fresh loans from China in the second half of the year, scarce foreign exchange will probably force the state to default later this year, most likely in the fourth quarter.

  2. Daniel Borochoff:

    The head of the American Red Cross receives a $ 600,000 salary, it's a multi-billion dollar charity. They control half of our blood supply, lead disaster provider. You've got this charity [ Southwest Key ], the budget is like a tenth of [ the Red Cross's ] size.

  3. Donald Trump:

    China should not have put new Tariffs on 75 BILLION DOLLARS of United States product( politically motivated !) .

  4. Stefano Caselli:

    Poste can probably fetch a multiple of 8-10 times EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation), valuing the whole group 8-10 billion euros given the positive mood on the stock market, but it's not clear what kind of discount investors will demand given that only a minority stake will be sold.

  5. Ursula Marchioni:

    At year-end 2009 global energy ETPs had a total AUM of $14 billion as the underlying energy prices were higher at that time.

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