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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
But much of this is just business as usual for a hot spot that draws millions of visitors and billions in tax revenue every year.
Still a considerable sum, but not the billions lavished at other games.
Get Data Sheet, Fortune’s technology newsletter China is an exceedingly important market for Apple that generates the company billions in revenue each quarter.
The industry analysis found the Postal Service would have to raise rates by 17.6 percent for letters and packages to cover billions in current losses.
Hundreds of millions of have already been raised, but the economic loss associated with the storm will likely be in the tens or hundreds of billions.
If fear of germs drove the straw use globally into the billions, the eight-minute video of a four-inch section of straw being removed from a Costa Rican sea turtle’s nostril may have turned the tide.
Shin family members were indicted in October 2016 for financial crimes amounting to hundreds of billions of won, following a four-month investigation into Lotte.
In considering how to deploy his billions, Mr. Zuckerberg was no doubt inspired by his friend and mentor, the Microsoft co-founder Mr. Gates.
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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.
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