noun, plural bil·lions, (as after a numeral) bil·lion.
- billings method,
- billings, josh,
- billings, william,
Origin of billion
Examples from the Web for billion
Using standard methods, the cost of printing DNA could run upwards of a billion dollars or more, depending on the strand.
And as a bonus, they send home more than $20 billion in remittances each year.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The amount of vanished bitcoins was 650,000 BTC (or 24.7 billion yen).Japanese Bitcoin Heist ‘an Inside Job,’ Not Hackers Alone|Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky, Jake Adelstein|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Why else would $4 billion have been spent on the midterm election?
Among other things, the bill appropriates $1.1 trillion in funding—including over $550 billion for the Department of Defense.
Suppose I fixed up a storage-pack to give me a field with a few billion watts in it?Operation: Outer Space|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The trade of Germany and the United States has increased from 7.6 to 38 billion marks.
And the continued high interest rates last year cost the government about $5 billion more than anticipated.
A total of $2 billion in Federal grants will ultimately be required to finance these 955 projects.
We cut $255 billion in spending, including entitlements, in over 340 separate budget items.
noun plural -lions or -lion
- amounting to a billionit seems like a billion years ago
- (as pronoun)we have a billion here
Word Origin for billion
1680s, from French billion (originally byllion in Chuquet's unpublished "Le Triparty en la Science des Nombres," 1484; copied by De la Roche, 1520), from bi- "two" (see bi-) + (m)illion. A million million in Britain and Germany (numeration by groups of sixes), which was the original sense; subsequently altered in French to "a thousand million" (numeration by groups of threes) and picked up in that form in U.S., "due in part to French influence after the Revolutionary War" [David E. Smith, "History of Mathematics," 1925]. France then reverted to the original meaning in 1948. British usage is truer to the etymology, but U.S. sense is said to be increasingly common there in technical writing.