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billion

1. one thousand million: it is written as 1 000 000 000 or 109
2. (formerly, in Britain) one million million: it is written as 1 000 000 000 000 or 1012

Billion

 

(in Russian, usually milliard), a thousand millions; a number represented by the figure 1 followed by nine zeros—that is, the number 109 In certain countries (for example, Germany), a billion is a number equal to 1012.

billion

[′bil·yən]
(mathematics)
The number 109.
In British usage, the number 1012.

billion

One thousand millions, or 1 followed by nine zeros (10 to the 9th power). In long scale usage, billion refers to a million millions, or 1 followed by 12 zeros (10 to the 12th power). See space/time and long scale.
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On its fifth try after some new modifications, the machine, called Saturn, blasted out 14 trillion watts of X-ray energy in 40 billionths of a second -- expelling more than 30 times the amount of energy in all the electricity consumed in the United States at that moment.
But the event happens so unpredictably and so quickly -- lasting only a few millionths or billionths of a second -- that it is nearly impossible to capture it on film.
Retrieving a bit of data from one of the chip's storage cells takes about 80 billionths of a second.