Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The cardinal number that is equal to 1027.
  • noun Chiefly British The cardinal number that is equal to 1048.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Great Britain, the number produced by involving a million to the eighth power.
  • noun In French and United States usage, one thousand raised to the ninth power.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun According to the French method of numeration (which method is followed also in the United States) the number expressed by a unit with twenty-seven ciphers annexed. According to the English method, the number expressed by a unit with forty-eight ciphers annexed. See numeration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A thousand trillion trillion, a billion billion billion: 1 followed by 27 zeros, 1027.
  • noun A quadrillion quintillion: 1 followed by 48 zeros, 1048.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the number that is represented as a one followed by 27 zeros

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[oct(o)– + (m)illion.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

oct- (“eight”) + -illion

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