googol

[ goo-gawl, -gol, -guh l ]
/ ˈgu gɔl, -gɒl, -gəl /

noun

a number that is equal to 1 followed by 100 zeros and expressed as 10100.

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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

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British Dictionary definitions for googol

googol
/ (ˈɡuːɡɒl, əl) /

noun

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

googol
[ gōōgôl′, gōōgəl ]

The number 10 raised to the 100th power (10100), written out as 1 followed by 100 zeros.
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