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Synonyms for billion

a very large indefinite number (usually hyperbole)

the number that is represented as a one followed by 9 zeros

denoting a quantity consisting of one thousand million items or units in the United States

denoting a quantity consisting of one million million items or units in Great Britain

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There's always a few millions or billions of young folks around who don't want any better entertainment than to fill up their lungs and swarm out with their torches and have a high time over a barkeeper.
There were billions of people; when they were singing or hosannahing, the noise was wonderful; and even when their tongues were still the drumming of the wings was nearly enough to burst your head, for all the sky was as thick as if it was snowing angels.
And mind you, I'm not talking about only the grandees from OUR world, but the princes and patriarchs and so on from ALL the worlds that shine in our sky, and from billions more that belong in systems upon systems away outside of the one our sun is in.
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.
Also a fellow-Senator, Chauncey Depew, said: "The American people produce annually two billions more wealth than they consume.
The Plutocracy owns sixty-seven billions of wealth.
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.
1 billion reserve would not cover the fiscal 2008 structural gap, currently estimated at $5.
Unit sales of cell phones are expected to increase by more than 20 percent in 2006 to more than 1 billion units.
Therefore, we are revising our 2006 earnings outlook upward to KRW 339 billion (US$361.
47 billion for the first nine months of 2006, compared to NT$56.
The only two deals to crack the $1 billion mark this quarter both belonged to the same bidder.
CREF has total net assets of approximately $59 billion in five registered investment accounts which serve as the underlying investment vehicles for variable annuities offered to its 1.
IBM's liquidity remains strong with nearly $10 billion in cash and marketable securities as of June 30, 2006, a nearly undrawn five-year $10 billion credit facility expiring on June 28, 2011 and a $500 million committed trade receivables securitization facility that renews annually.