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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
The Dodgers literally have spent billions since 1988.
Since 1997, they’ve been paid billions by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to annually house more than 34,000 federal inmates.
While iTunes continues to glean billions in revenue, Apple's share of the movie rental-and-sales market dropped to 35 percent from 50 percent in 2012.
And if enough atomic bombs went off, a type of nuclear winter could settle in and billions could eventually die from food shortages, contamination, and disease.
Those amounts, likely spread over a decade or longer, would be on top of the usual billions spent on public education every school year.
The idea is to drain the swamp, not replenish it with fresh billions from overtaxed job creators and investors whose capital, if left unmolested, would fund products, companies, and careers.
Billions of people have watched both videos via YouTube (and let’s be real — coming in second place here is nothing to sneeze at).
So any bit of good news could add billions to the company's valuation, while any roadblocks — like a mishap with Model 3 estimates — could sent the company back down to earth.
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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
First Known Use: 1690See Words from the same year
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