What is a billion?

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

More definitions of "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
  • (adj): Denoting a quantity consisting of one million million items or units in Great Britain.
    Synonyms: a billion

Famous quotes containing the word billion:

    Even one billion Chinese do not a superpower make.
    John Lukacs (b. 1924)

    Imagine spending four billion years stocking the oceans with seafood, filling the ground with fossil fuels, and drilling the bees in honey production—only to produce a race of bed-wetters!
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941)

    ... 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)