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From Latin novemdecim, nineteen.


  • IPA(key): /ˌnoʊvəmdəˈsɪl.i.ən/
    Rhymes: -ɪljən
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novemdecillion (plural novemdecillions)

  1. (US; modern British & Australian, short scale, rare) 1060.
    • 1962, Jerry D. Lewis, Crusade against crime, Random House, page 314:
      It is one chance in a novemdecillion. For those who like to be precise, that exact statistic is one chance in 1,606,937,974,174,171,729,761,809,705,564,167,968,221,676,069,604,401,795,301,376.
    • 2010, SB Seymore, “Rethinking Novelty in Patent Law”, in Duke Law Journal:
      For an extreme example, see US Patent No. 5,422,351 (filed June 21, 1991). This particular patent includes a structural formula in claim 1 that encompasses at least one novemdecillion (10r[sic], or one followed by sixty zeroes) chemical compounds
    • 1998, Sean O'Shea, Meryl A. Walker, The Millennium Myth: The Ever-Ending Story, →ISBN, page 66
      It has the shape of a disk, and is ten to the fifty-ninth power yojanas in circumference, a number called a novemdecillion, and is 1,600,000 yojanas deep.
    • 2001, John Flanagan, How much is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000?, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 15 July 2001 [1]
      Go up to 60 zeros -- that's a novemdecillion -- and you can measure the volume of the galaxy in cubic inches [...].
    • 2008 December 22, Steven Hanke, “The Printing Press”, in Forbes:
      The index tells us that Zimbabwe's inflation rate recently peaked at 80 billion percent a month. That means around 6.5 quindecillion novemdecillion percent a year—or 65 followed by 107 zeros.
    • 2011, Sarah Harding, Niguma, Lady of Illusion, page 286
      grangs med, literally “without count,” is also said to indicate the number ten to the fiftieth or sixtieth power (novemdecillion). Still less than a googol!
  2. (dated British & Australian, long scale, rare) 10114.
  3. A very large number
    • 2000–2006: Quantum Mechanics, Abarim Publications [2]
      When we say 2 we mean exactly 2, not 2,00001 or 2,0000000000000001 or 2 with a novemdecillion zeroes and then a 1...’.
    • 2002 CE: James C. Mayer, ‘Student-Led Poetry Workshops’ (which appears in ‘The English Journal’, volume 91, number 3, ‘Teaching and Writing Poetry’)
      I then looked into the zatetic forest behind it / And saw a nonillion, no, a novemdecillion of them!’.
    • [3] ([4])
      The odds that one of the Cowboys linebacking corps reads this blog is one in... oh, let’s use a really big number... a novemdecillion’.



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