- a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 15 zeros, and in Great Britain by 1 followed by 24 zeros.
- amounting to one quadrillion in number.
Origin of quadrillion
1665–75; quadr- + -illion (as in million)
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But as this gives something like one thousand quadrillionth part of the density of water, we refuse to accept or even think of it.New Theories in Astronomy
- (in Britain) the number represented as one followed by 24 zeros (10 24)US and Canadian word: septillion
- (in the US and Canada) the number represented as one followed by 15 zeros (10 15)
- amounting to this numbera quadrillion atoms
- (as pronoun)a quadrillion
C17: from French quadrillon, from quadri- + -illion, on the model of million
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Word Origin and History for quadrillionth
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