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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
Google is bidding for a multi-billion Pentagon cloud computing contract called JEDI.
But some in the delegation, which included the presidents of both chambers of parliament and business people, had hoped for as much as $1 billion in loans, and billions more in investments by Taiwan's business owners.
But Congress has only appropriated limited-time funding boosts here and there to address the crisis — none of which add up to the tens of billions or anything close to that amount.
Corn grown for fuel creates more than a half-billion gallons of ethanol a year in Ohio, and is the state's second-leading crop after soybeans with a value of $1.9 billion.
The ad business now generates multiple billions in revenue.
This allows for billions of potential DNA signatures for plants and manufacturers.
Despite his billions, Tepper, 60, is a down-to-earth guy who reflects his roots growing up in a lower-middle-class neighborhood in western Pennsylvania, says Charlotte businessman Felix Sabates, who has talked with Tepper during the sales process.
Russia has provided Venezuela with billions in debt relief over the years and is a major investor in the country’s oil industry.
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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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