Billion

(redirected from billions)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

Billion

1. One thousand million in the short scale numbering system.

2. One million million in the long scale number system. This number is known, perhaps more commonly, as one trillion.
References in classic literature ?
But you have the concrete wealth, twenty-four billions of it, and the Plutocracy will take it away from you.
Your twenty- four billions of wealth does not give you twenty-five cents' worth of governmental power.
Well, now, you can see, yourself, that when you come to spread a little dab of people like that over these hundreds of billions of miles of American territory here in heaven, it is like scattering a ten-cent box of homoeopathic pills over the Great Sahara and expecting to find them again.
Back of those men's time the English are just simply foreigners, nothing more, nothing less; they talk Danish, German, Norman French, and sometimes a mixture of all three; back of THEM, they talk Latin, and ancient British, Irish, and Gaelic; and then back of these come billions and billions of pure savages that talk a gibberish that Satan himself couldn't understand.
Why, I should have been laughed at for a billion miles around.
All the States and Territories of the Union, and all the kingdoms of the earth and the islands of the sea are laid out here just as they are on the globe - all the same shape they are down there, and all graded to the relative size, only each State and realm and island is a good many billion times bigger here than it is below.
You see, America was occupied a billion years and more, by Injuns and Aztecs, and that sort of folks, before a white man ever set his foot in it.
Finally, billions of dollars were about to be added to the FSLIC's exposure and the new obligations would sit on the FSLIC's books on par with the existing ones, swelling its liabilities beyond anything the administration had on budget or anywhere else.
FARM SUBSIDIES--In successive five-year plans, the government allocates money to farm programs that cost consumers billions in inflated food prices.
EISA is supported by 16 European associations representing 1585 companies of all sizes, employing 600 000 people and generating revenues of 50 billions of euros (55 billions of US dollars).
75 billion ($1,55 billion); and (2) acquiring controlling interest in Enersis Group and Endesa Chile (EOC), through a Pta.