- a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 21 zeros, and in Great Britain by 1 followed by 36 zeros.
- amounting to one sextillion in number.
Origin of sextillion
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Examples from the Web for sextillion
Clark Kent can bench press six sextillion tons, reverse the rotation of the earth, and fly to the office in six seconds.Superman Quits His Newspaper Job? Good, He’s a Hack
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By rhythmic reversion, sextillion worlds passed into diaphanous luster; fire became firmament.Autobiography of a YOGI
- (in Britain, France, and Germany) the number represented as one followed by 36 zeros (10 36)
- (in the US and Canada) the number represented as one followed by 21 zeros (10 21)
C17: from French, from sex- + -illion, on the model of septillion
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Word Origin and History for sextillion
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