Definitions for billion
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word billion.
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
million, billion, trillion, zillion, jillion, gazillionnoun
a very large indefinite number (usually hyperbole)
"there were millions of flies"
billion, one thousand million, 1000000000adjective
the number that is represented as a one followed by 9 zeros
denoting a quantity consisting of one thousand million items or units in the United States
denoting a quantity consisting of one million million items or units in Great Britain
Billion is a word for a large number, and it has two distinct definitions: 1,000,000,000, i.e. one thousand million, or 109 (ten to the ninth power), as defined on the short scale. This is its only current meaning in English. 1,000,000,000,000, i.e. one million million, or 1012 (ten to the twelfth power), as defined on the long scale. This number, which is one thousand times larger than the short scale billion, is now referred to in English as one trillion. However, this number is the historical meaning in English for the word "billion" (with the exception of the United States), a meaning which was still in official use in British English until some time after World War II.American English adopted the short scale definition from the French (it enjoyed usage in France at the time, alongside the long-scale definition). The United Kingdom used the long scale billion until 1974, when the government officially switched to the short scale, but since the 1950s the short scale had already been increasingly used in technical writing and journalism. Other countries use the word billion (or words cognate to it) to denote either the long scale or short scale billion. (For details, see Long and short scales § Current usage.) Milliard, another term for one thousand million, is extremely rare in English, but words similar to it are very common in other European languages. For example, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Hebrew (Asia), Hungarian, Italian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish (although the expression mil millones — a thousand million — is far more common), Swedish, Tajik, Turkish, Ukrainian and Uzbek — use milliard, or a related word, for the short scale billion, and billion (or a related word) for the long scale billion. Thus for these languages billion is a thousand times larger than the modern English billion.
A billion is a number equivalent to one thousand million (1,000,000,000) in the US and many other countries, or one million million (1,000,000,000,000) in the UK before 1974. It's typically used in the context of finance, population and other quantities to denote a very large amount.
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
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.]
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Billion is ranked #134712 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Billion surname appeared 125 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Billion.
81.6% or 102 total occurrences were White.
8% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
7.2% or 9 total occurrences were Black.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'billion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2140
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'billion' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3868
Rank popularity for the word 'billion' in Nouns Frequency: #913
The numerical value of billion in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of billion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Steve Bowen, director and meteorologist at Aons impact forecasting team, said in a news release. WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS OF 2019 : HERE ARE THE BIGGEST MOMENTS, FROM POLAR VORTEX TO HURRICANE DORIAN The area that was worst hit in the last decade was the Asia-Pacific region, which accounted for 44 percent of the total amount of economic losses, according to the report. In 2019 one of the greatest disasters was when Typhoon Hagibis struck Japan in October, causing 99 deaths and $ 15 billion in economic losses. ( National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Satellites - Public Affairs) In 2019, one of the greatest disasters was when Typhoon Hagibis struck Japan in October, causing 99 deaths and $ 15 billion in economic losses. In its report, Aon said intense weather events, bigger populations in the path of disasters and greater supply chain disruption in a globalized economy contributed to the sharp rise in overall economic damage. The runway at Offutt Air Force Base can be seen covered by floodwaters from the Missouri River during flooding in 2019. ( 55th Wing Commander/Facebook) The costliest individual disaster in 2019 was inland flooding, which created losses of $ 82 billion, while tropical cyclones caused economic losses globally around $ 68 billion. In the U.S., floodingspawned by the bomb cyclonein the Midwest caused economic losses of over $ 20 billion, the report noted. 10 DEADLIEST US TORNADOES ON RECORD According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2019 was the second-hottest year in the agencys 140-year climate record, just behind 2016. The agency also noted that the worlds five warmest years have all occurred since 2015, with nine of the 10 warmest years occurring since 2005. Scientific research indicates that climate change will continue to affect all types of weather phenomena and subsequently impact increasingly urbanized areas.
Today, we are announcing an increase to our 2018 cost reduction target from 3.5 billion Swiss francs gross savings to at least 4.3 billion francs, driving our absolute operating cost base below 18 billion francs by 2018. For 2016, we aim to achieve 1.7 billion francs in cost savings.
The truth, of course, is that a billion falsehoods told a billion times by a billion people are still false.
A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money.
A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money.
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- مليار, تريليونArabic
- bilió, miliard, mil milióCatalan, Valencian
- bilión, miliardaCzech
- Milliarde, BillionGerman
- τρισεκατομμύριο, δισεκατομμύριοGreek
- miliardo, duilionoEsperanto
- millardo, mil millones, billónSpanish
- bilioi, miliar, mila milioiBasque
- تریلیون, بیلیون, میلیاردPersian
- biljoona, miljardiFinnish
- billion, milliard, milliards, millionsFrench
- अरब, एक अरबHindi
- 兆, 十億Japanese
- 십억, 十億Korean
- ຕື້, ພັນລ້ານLao
- miliar, ribu juta, seribu juta, bilionMalay
- biljoen, miljardDutch
- biyóónNavajo, Navaho
- miliard, bilionPolish
- bilião, trilhão, bilhãoPortuguese
- milliard, milliardaRomansh
- миллиард, биллион, триллионRussian
- милијарда, milijardaSerbo-Croatian
- miliarda, biliónSlovak
- triljon, biljon, miljardSwedish
- مِلْيُن, اربUrdu
- tỉ, tỷVietnamese
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