[ goo-gawl, -gol, -guhl ]
/ ˈgu gɔl, -gɒl, -gəl /
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a number that is equal to 1 followed by 100 zeros and expressed as 10100.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of googol
First recorded in 1935–40; introduced by U.S. mathematician Edward Kasner (1878–1955), whose nine-year-old nephew allegedly invented it
Words nearby googol
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British Dictionary definitions for googol
/ (ˈɡuːɡɒl, -ɡəl) /
the number represented as one followed by 100 zeros (10 100)
Word Origin for googol
C20: coined by E. Kasner (1878–1955), American mathematician
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Scientific definitions for googol
[ gōō′gôl′, gōō′gəl ]
The number 10 raised to the 100th power (10100), written out as 1 followed by 100 zeros.
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