One million (1,000,000) or one thousand thousand, is the natural number following 999,999 and preceding 1,000,001. The word is derived from the early Italian millione (milione in modern Italian), from mille, "thousand", plus the augmentative suffix -one.
In scientific notation, it is written as 1×106 or just 106. Physical quantities can also be expressed using the SI prefix mega, when dealing with SI units. For example, 1 megawatt equals 1,000,000 watts.
The meaning of the word "million" is common to the short scale and long scale numbering systems, unlike the larger numbers, which have different names in the two systems.
The million is sometimes used in the English language as a metaphor for a very large number, as in "Never in a million years" and "You're one in a million", or a hyperbole, as in "I've walked a million miles" and "You've asked the million-dollar question".
Famous quotes containing the word million:
“Any time you take a chance you better be sure the rewards are worth the risk because they can put you away just as fast for a ten dollar heist as they can for a million dollar job.”
—Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928)
“I should consider it a greater success to interest one wise and earnest soul, than a million unwise and frivolous.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)
“Thus every Part was full of Vice,
Yet the whole Mass a Paradise...
The worst of all the Multitude
Did something for the Common Good.
Employd a Million of the Poor,
And odious Pride a Million more...
... ...the very Poor
Livd better than the Rich before...”
—Bernard De Mandeville (16701733)