Adjective "Billions" definition and examples

(Billions may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈbɪljən/

Definitions and examples

cardinal number

The number equivalent to the product of a thousand and a million; 1,000,000,000 or 10⁹
  1. 'half a billion dollars'
  2. 'Three billion dollars more are going into health, but there are fewer operations.'
  3. 'Road accidents are estimated to cost the equivalent of seven billion pounds per year.'
  4. 'Today there are six and half billion of us with bulldozers and chain saws and nuclear power.'
  5. 'War with Iraq will cost anything from fifty to a hundred billion dollars or more.'
  6. 'Right now, more than half a billion of the world's children are living on less than 55p a day.'
  7. 'Measurements of infrared light reveal that the black hole has a mass equivalent to three billion suns.'
  8. 'That said this movie is sure to make at least a quarter billion in US dollars by year's end.'
  9. 'There is so much talk about the billion of dollars of reconstruction money.'
  10. 'All of this amounts to eight billion dollars in lost revenue for the federal government.'
  11. 'Gates but he's at the point where an extra billion dollars in his bank account probably makes him physically sick.'
  12. 'Ares Vallis is one of several big outflow channels on Mars in this region that formed billions of years ago.'
  13. 'It will be in billions and billions of dollars or pounds.'
  14. 'Massive arcologies looming in the distance, like small mountains covered in billions of tiny lights.'
  15. 'Meanwhile, Ryanair is due to take delivery of dozens of new aircraft at a cost of billions.'
  16. 'It would be the best two and a half billion ever spent for the legacy an Olympics would give to British sport.'
  17. 'Despite all of the billions slathered on the program, the aircraft's design may be fatally flawed.'
  18. 'That leaves homeowners to cover what could amount to billions in repair costs over the next years.'
  19. 'An example would be an investment house with assets in the billions, but with only a few dozen staff.'
  20. 'Even divvying up Bill Gates' billions would amount to only a couple of hundred dollars each.'
  21. 'If they were applied throughout the UK public sector, he adds, the savings would amount to billions.'
  22. 'Throughout that month, the Bank of England spent billions ensuring the pound stayed within its ERM band.'
  23. '1,000,000,000,000: Trillion. An old British tradition calls this a Billion'
  24. 'The 'old' billion was 1000,000,000,000; this is now the trillion.'

More definitions

noun, plural billions (as after a numeral) billion.

1. a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 9 zeros, and in Great Britain by 1 followed by 12 zeros.

2. a very large number: I've told you so billions of times. adjective

3. equal in number to a billion.

Origin

(billion)Late 17th century: from French, from million, by substitution of the prefix bi- ‘two’ for the initial letters.