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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
While mayors and governors compete to offer billions in tax breaks to Amazon, these locals have no interest in paying the company to come to their towns.
They are born by the billions in the Sargasso Sea, a gyre of North Atlantic currents swirling near Bermuda, as clear, flat larvae.
The missing billions don't reflect a market-wide crash either.
Unfortunately, the country's leaders continue to abuse their citizens and squander billions in aid money.
Like other billionaires, Oprah can be stellar on social justice and equality but practically Republican when her own billions are at stake.
Despite Trump's every attempt to slash spending on enrollment and advertising, and stiffing insurers for billions, almost 9 million people enrolled in Obamacare this year.
That storm brought nearly 50 inches of rain to some areas and caused billions in damages.
Puerto Rico faces a government shutdown on Oct. 31, including halting its hurricane recovery, if Congress doesn't provide billions in emergency funds, said Treasury Secretary Raul Maldonado.
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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
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