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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 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.
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.
Labor does not consume its two billions, even," Mr.
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.
Michael was ready: he wanted to see how long it took him to do a billion miles.
Not for two billion cents would you risk a scrap with me, you money-sweater, you," was Daughtry's retort.
China's population must be seven hundred millions, eight hundred millions, nobody knew how many millions, but at any rate it would soon be a billion.
Our strength is in our population, which will soon be a billion.
If her population was a billion, and was increasing twenty millions a year, in twenty-five years it would be a billion and a half--equal to the total population of the world in
Hundred-ton guns were toys compared with the micro- organic projectiles hurled from the laboratories, the messengers of death, the destroying angels that stalked through the empire of a billion souls.