nonillion

noun, often attributive
no·​nil·​lion | \ nō-ˈnil-yən How to pronounce nonillion (audio) \

Definition of nonillion

US : a number equal to 1 followed by 30 zeros — see Table of Numbers also, British : a number equal to 1 followed by 54 zeros — see Table of Numbers

Examples of nonillion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its explosiveness likely had about a nonillion times (10 with 30 zeroes after it) the power of a hydrogen bomb, the researchers estimate—that is about five to 10 times more energetic than previously thought. Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, "The Universe’s First Stars Exploded in Strange Ways," 31 May 2019 Its explosiveness likely had about a nonillion times (10 with 30 zeroes after it) the power of a hydrogen bomb, the researchers estimate—that is about five to 10 times more energetic than previously thought. Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, "The Universe’s First Stars Exploded in Strange Ways," 31 May 2019

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First Known Use of nonillion

1690, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nonillion

French, from Latin nonus ninth + French -illion (as in million) — more at noon

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“Nonillion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonillion. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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