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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
Its thick, mostly-nitrogen atmosphere could be similar to the atmosphere of Earth billions of years ago when our planet was still forming.
Many mall owners are spending billions to add more upscale restaurants and bars, premium movie theaters with dine-in options, bowling alleys and similar amenities.
The legislation would add billions to the $20 trillion national debt.
Of all the enterprise VR apps used by business today, telepresence has the greatest potential to save corporations billions while improving both productivity and the quality of employee’s lives.
In truth, humanity can still emit a little more than 700 billions tons of carbon dioxide without ensuring warming in excess of 1.5 degrees Celsius — or so this new study in Nature Geoscience suggests.
And Irma, coming right on the heels of Harvey, will likely require billions in recovery and rebuilding aid.
But with areas under water, people not yet in their homes, and billions in damage to repair, major disasters that Harvey created are by no means resolved.
What an opportune time, then, for 51 inches of rain to fall on America’s fourth-largest city and require emergency appropriations of billions of federal dollars.
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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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