noun, plural mil·lions, (as after a numeral) mil·lion.
- milling machine,
- million electron volts,
Origin of million
Examples from the Web for million
Added to drinking water at concentrations of around one part per million, fluoride ions stick to dental plaque.
According to the USDA, student participation began to fall, with 1.4 million students opting out of the lunch program entirely.
In 2008, Huckabee raised a little over $16 million, with less than $55,000 coming from political action committees.
By contrast, John McCain, the eventual GOP nominee, had raised approximately $12.7 million in the first quarter of 2007 alone.
Travel Noire fellows earned about a half million travel miles in 2014.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
New Bedford's loss alone was twenty-three vessels, which, with their outfits, were valued at more than a million dollars.The Sea Rovers|Rufus Rockwell Wilson
There comes a break in the Record of the Rocks that may represent several million years.A Short History of the World|H. G. Wells
The total number of flowing bores in the colony was given as 440, with a yield of water of nearly 266½ million gallons a day.Our First Half-Century|Government of Queensland
Half a million of these went over in the first thirteen months, the others in the last six months.
There, a million million feathery daisies sway and dance in the breeze, lifting their snowy wheels to the blue June sky.Ladies-In-Waiting|Kate Douglas Wiggin
noun plural -lions or -lion
- amounting to a milliona million light years away
- (as pronoun)I can see a million under the microscope
Word Origin for million
late 14c., from Old French million (late 13c.), from Italian millione (now milione), literally "a great thousand," augmentative of mille "thousand," from Latin mille, which is of uncertain origin. Used mainly by mathematicians until 16c. India, with its love of large numbers, had names before 3c. for numbers well beyond a billion. The ancient Greeks had no name for a number greater than ten thousand, the Romans for none higher than a hundred thousand. "A million" in Latin would have been decies centena milia, literally "ten hundred thousand." Million to one as a type of "long odds" is attested from 1761. Related: Millions.
see feel like oneself (a million dollars); look like a million dollars; one in a million.