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Examples of billion in a Sentence
We could see a billion stars in the sky.
Recent Examples of billion from the Web
Dalian Wanda, the Chinese real estate conglomerate that has spent billions of dollars to command a prominent position in the entertainment industry, is aggressively establishing a beachhead in sports, too.
The observatories just have to sit and wait, bouncing laser beams between mirrors, ready to detect a tiny shift that signals a seismic event billions of light-years away.
The accord included plans to reduce greenhouse emissions and pledged billions to combat climate change in the U.S. and developing countries.
But such expenditures fall well short of the billions that the federal government has provided.
Trump has proposed a $4.1 trillion spending plan that slashes safety net programs for the poor, including food stamps and Medicaid, while spending billions more on the military and protecting retirement programs for the elderly.
Officials say the IMF deal is helping Egypt to restore confidence necessary for economic recovery as overseas investors pour billions of dollars into Egyptian debt and equity markets.
The House Republican health care bill has drawn criticism for spending billions less and potentially causing millions of Americans to lose their health coverage.
But Saudi Arabia’s money will get funneled through a close Trump adviser in a grab for state and local infrastructure, with the expectation of billions of dollars in profits off the roads, bridges, and transit systems the public uses every day.
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Did You Know?
How much is a billion? It might depend who you ask. Billion was borrowed from French in the late 1600s to indicate the number one million raised to the power of two, or a million million - a number represented by a one followed by 12 zeros. However, the French later changed their naming conventions so that a billion became a thousand million (a one followed by nine zeros) and a trillion became a thousand thousand million (or a million million, the old billion). The French have since returned to the older system, but it was this new system that was adopted by American English speakers in the 1800s. In Britain the newer system has seen increasing use since the 1950s, but the older sense is still sometimes used there as well.
Origin and Etymology of billion
French, from bi- + -illion (as in million)
First Known Use: 1690
BILLION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of billion for English Language Learners
: the number 1,000,000,000 : one thousand million
: a very large amount or number
: the number 1,000,000,000,000
BILLION Defined for Kids
Definition of billion for Students
1 : a thousand millions
2 : a very large number billions of stars
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