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Either of two numbers (see long and short scales for more detail on which languages, regions and periods have used each meaning):
short scale: 1,000,000,000 (one thousand million; 109; SI prefix giga-)
long scale: 1,000,000,000,000 (one million million; 1012; SI prefix tera-)
From the prefix bi-, meaning two + -illion (from million); i.e. a million million.
(US; modern British & Australian, short scale) A milliard, a thousand million: 1 followed by nine zeros, 109.
(dated British & Australian, long scale) A million million: a 1 followed by twelve zeros, 1012.
(colloquial, plural) A very large number.
There were billions of people at the concert
Western (Arabic) Numeral billion, 109 short scale, 1012 long scale
Previous: short scale: million, 106; long scale: milliard, 109
Next: trillion: short scale 1012, long scale 1018
ISO prefix: giga-
A long scale billion, 1012; a short scale trillion.
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