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- n. Plural form of order of magnitude.
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His local knowledge was orders of magnitude beyond anyone else's, of course, even when you remembered that he'd grown up in a swampy region rather than these semidesert conditions.
If terrorism had previously been a form of murderous theater in which “terrorists want a lot of people watching, not a lot of people dead,” as the terrorism expert Brian Jenkins had once observed, then on 9/11 al-Qaeda amped up that formula by orders of magnitude into a made-for-TV horror movie.
So a range of eight orders of magnitude constitutes a hundred millionfold.