[ US /ˈbɪɫjən/ ]
[ UK /bˈɪli‍ən/ ]
  1. 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
  2. the number that is represented as a one followed by 9 zeros
  3. a very large indefinite number (usually hyperbole)
    there were millions of flies
  1. denoting a quantity consisting of one thousand million items or units in the United States
  2. denoting a quantity consisting of one million million items or units in Great Britain
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How To Use billion In A Sentence

  • A few billion of that new economic rescue plan will go to weatherize one million homes a year.
  • Our interneuronal connections in our brain, for example, process information at chemical signaling speeds of a few hundred feet per second, compared to a billion feet per second for electronics - electronics is a million times faster.
  • The study predicted that, by 2022, the country would still require $7.2 billion in foreign aid a year—and that assumes an upsurge of so-far inexistent mining-industry revenue and no dramatic deterioration of security. Afghanistan Seeks Enduring Support
  • After putting its energy into the 2008 acquisition of Northwest Airlines, the Atlanta-based carrier plans to spend more than $2 billion through 2013 to lure travelers with new flat-bed seats, video on demand and upgraded facilities in hotly contested markets such as New York. Delta Refocuses
  • “In order to balance the budget this biennium, which is $182 billion, we used $14 billion in federal stimulus money to balance it,” said State Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan. Dallas Blog, Daily News, Dallas Politics, Opinion, and Commentary FrontBurner Blog D Magazine » Blog Archive » David Dewhurst Explains Texas Budget Deficit Was Not a Budget Deficit If You Look at It Cross-Eyed
  • Kaiser in San Mateo, California, which manages $ 1 billion in assets.
  • Over the next nine months, we are committed to delivering on a billion dollar assets sale.
  • The move comes as the telephone company implements a plan to trim billions of dollars in expenses and to boost earnings.
  • Cohen claimed that criminals posing as salesmen cheat Americans out of billions of dollars each year.
  • The report said mobile phone networks worldwide were likely to have 1.6 billion subscribers by the end of this year.
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