# googol

## English

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### Etymology

Coined by nine-year-old Milton Sirotta in 1920, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, who had asked Milton to think of a name for the 100th power of ten. The word was first published in the book Mathematics and the Imagination (1940).

### Numeral

googol (plural googols)

1. The number ${\displaystyle 10^{100}}$, or ten to the power of a hundred. Equivalent to ten duotrigintillion (short scale), or ten sexdecilliard (long scale). [from 1920.]
• 1940, Edward Kasner, James [Roy] Newman, “New Names for Old”, in Mathematics and the Imagination, New York, N.Y.: Simon & Schuster, →OCLC, page 23:
Words of wisdom are spoken by children at least as often as by scientists. The name "googol" was invented by a child (Dr. Kasner's nine-year-old nephew) who was asked to think up a name for a very big number, namely, 1 with a hundred zeros after it. He was very certain that this number was not infinite, and therefore equally certain that it had to have a name. [] A googolplex is much bigger than a googol, much bigger than a googol times a googol. A googol times a googol would be 1 with 200 zeros, whereas a googolplex is one with a googol of zeros. You will get some idea of the size of this very large but finite number from the fact that there would not be enough room to write it, if you went to the farthest star, touring all the nebulae and putting down zeros every inch of the way.
• 1979, Steven Pinker, “Formal models of language learning”, in Language, Cognition, and Human Nature:
For example, in considering all the finite state grammars that use seven terminal symbols and seven auxiliary symbols (states), [...] he must test over a googol (10^100) candidates.
• 1980, Carl Sagan, chapter IX, in Cosmos:
If the universe were packed solid with neutrons, say, so there was no empty space anywhere, there would still only be about 10128 particles in it, quite a bit more than a googol but trivially small compared to a googolplex.

## Finnish

### Etymology

From English googol.

### Pronunciation

• IPA(key): /ˈɡoːɡol/, [ˈɡo̞ːɡo̞l]
• Rhymes: -oːɡol
• Syllabification(key): goo‧gol

### Numeral

googol

1. googol

#### Declension

Inflection of googol (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative googol googolit
genitive googolin googolien
partitive googolia googoleja
illative googoliin googoleihin
singular plural
nominative googol googolit
accusative nom. googol googolit
gen. googolin
genitive googolin googolien
partitive googolia googoleja
inessive googolissa googoleissa
elative googolista googoleista
illative googoliin googoleihin
ablative googolilta googoleilta
allative googolille googoleille
essive googolina googoleina
translative googoliksi googoleiksi
abessive googolitta googoleitta
instructive googolein
comitative googoleine

## Malay

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 10100 <  1099 10101  > Cardinal : googol

### Etymology

Borrowed from English googol.

googol

1. googol

## Portuguese

### Numeral

googol m (plural googols)

1. googol (1 followed by 100 zeros)