long scale(redirected from Long and short scales)
Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.
Related to Long and short scales: number scale
long scaleThe system used in many European countries for numbers greater than one million. In the long scale, a billion is a million millions rather than a thousand millions, which is the "short scale. Often called the British numbering system, the long scale was used in the U.K. until the mid-1970s, and numbers in older British documents are in long scale. See space/time and binary values.
Short Scale (U.S.) One billion 1,000,000,000 One trillion 1,000,000,000,000 Long Scale (Europe) One billion 1,000,000,000,000 One trillion 1,000,000,000,000,000,000