billion

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From French billion, from bi- ‎(two) +‎ -illion.

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billion

cardinal number
109
Previous: million
Next: trillion
cardinal number
1012
Previous: milliard
Next: billiard
  1. (US, modern British & Australian, short scale) a thousand million: 1 followed by nine zeros, 109; a milliard
    • 2013 May 25, “No hiding place”, in The Economist[3], volume 407, number 8837, page 74:
      In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result.
  2. (dated, British & Australian, long scale) A million million: a 1 followed by twelve zeros; 1012
  3. (colloquial, in the plural, hyperbolic) A very large number.
    There were billions of people at the concert.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From bi- ‎(two) +‎ -illion; i.e., a million million.

Coined by Jehan Adam in 1475 as by-million.[1] [2] [3] Rendered as byllion by Nicolas Chuquet in 1484, in his article “Triparty en la science des nombres”.[4] [5]

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billion

  1. 1012; a long scale billion; a short scale trillion.

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  1. ^ Bibliothèque St Geneviève, Paris, MS Français 3143 - original French manuscript by Jehan Adam
  2. ^ Jehan Adam, Traicté en arismetique pour la practique par gectouers… Parchemin. XVe siècle (1475).
  3. ^ Lynn Thorndike, “The Arithmetic of Jehan Adam, A.D. 1475,” Science and Thought in the Fifteenth Century
  4. ^ Chuquet, Nicolas (1484) Triparty en la science des nombres (ISSN 9012-9458), Bologna (Italy): Aristide Marre, published 1880
       Idem (accessed 2008-03-01), “Nicolas Chuquet's manuscript”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1], Published by www.miakinen.net
  5. ^ Idem (accessed 2008-03-01), “Nicolas Chuquet's chapter”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[2], Transcription by Michael Florencetime

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billion m (plural billions)

  1. billion, a million-million, 1012
    • 1520, Étienne de La Roche, L'arismethique novellement composee, page 6
      ung billion vault mille milliers de millions
      a billion is equivalent to a thousand thousands of millions