sextillion

noun, often attributive
sex·til·lion | \seks-ˈtil-yən \

Definition of sextillion 

US : a number equal to 1 followed by 21 zeros — see Table of Numbers also, British : a number equal to 1 followed by 36 zeros — see Table of Numbers

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If you were compressed into a black hole, for instance, the result would be 1 sextillion times smaller than a grain of sand. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "How Big Are Black Holes, Really?," 16 June 2017 Inflation peaked in 2008 at a year-over-year rate of 89 sextillion (that’s 89 with 21 zeros) percent, with one U.S. dollar equaling anything from 71 billion to 2.5 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars. Karan Mahajan, The New Republic, "After the Strongman," 26 Mar. 2018 In a single second, the authors (an international collaboration working with Brookhaven National Laboratory’s STAR detector) saw the QGP goop rotate a mind-boggling sextillion times — a billion trillions. Sylvia Morrow, Discover Magazine, "The Fastest Fluid," 1 Feb. 2018 If you were compressed into a black hole, for instance, the result would be 1 sextillion times smaller than a grain of sand. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "How Big Are Black Holes, Really?," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of sextillion

1690, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sextillion

French, irregular from sex- (from Latin sex) + -illion (as in million)

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