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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
Such entities have the billions in revenue that can be plowed into R&D of custom chips without the need for immediate and obvious return on investment.
The therapy involves analyzing the DNA in a sample of each patient's cancer, sifting through tumor tissue for T-cells that appear to be programmed to go after the mutations and expanding those cells by the billions in the laboratory.
Protests and regulatory back-and-forth can cost companies millions, if not billions, of dollars.
Yet consumer culture has managed to sell them back to us to the tune of billions in profits.
The runaway success of the North American bid was no guarantee as little as four months ago, despite vastly superior infrastructure and the promise of billions in more revenue.
But the amount wasted due to ad blockers is thought to be in the tens of billions—an obvious sore point with companies trying to maximize their exposure.
Tens of billions are stashed in homes—even buried in gardens—or abroad.
Today, access to a market of billions is just a few clicks away, allowing millions of content creators to find and monetize an audience while spawning a new subculture of YouTube celebrity.
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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.
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
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