What is billion?

  • (adj): Denoting a quantity consisting of one million million items or units in Great Britain.
    Synonyms: a billion
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "billion":

  • (adj): Denoting a quantity consisting of one thousand million items or units in the United States.
    Synonyms: a billion
  • (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.
    Synonyms: one million million, 1000000000000

Famous quotes containing the word billion:

    SING a song of ‘sistence
    Pocket full of Eye
    Two billion Turtle-doves
    Mourning in a sty
    Allen Tate (1899–1979)

    ... men and women are not yet free.... The slavery of greed endures. Little child workers, the hope of the future, are sacrificed to industry. Young men are sent out by the billion to die for profits.... We must destroy industrial slavery and build industrial democracy.... The people everywhere must come into possession of the earth [second, third, and fourth ellipses in source].
    Sara Bard Field (1882–1974)

    Night’s brittle song, silver-thin
    Shatters into a billion fragments
    Of quiet shadows
    At the blaring jazz
    Of a morning sun.
    Frank Marshall Davis (b. 1905)