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

  • noun The cardinal number equal to 1012.
  • noun Chiefly British The cardinal number equal to 1018.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the original and most systematic sense, sometimes called English numeration, though of Italian origin, the third power of a million
  • noun a million of millions of millions; in the French numeration, usual in the United States, a thousand billions, or a million millions.

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

  • noun According to the French notation, which is used upon the Continent generally and in the United States, the number expressed by a unit with twelve ciphers annexed; a million millions; according to the English notation, the number produced by involving a million to the third power, or the number represented by a unit with eighteen ciphers annexed. See the Note under numeration.

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

  • noun A million million: 1 followed by twelve zeros, 1012.
  • noun A million million million: 1 followed by eighteen zeros, 1018.

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

  • adjective one quintillion in Great Britain
  • noun the number that is represented as a one followed by 18 zeros
  • noun the number that is represented as a one followed by 12 zeros
  • noun a very large indefinite number (usually hyperbole)
  • adjective one million million in the United States

Etymologies

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

[French : tri-, third power (from Latin tri-, tri-) + (m)illion, million (from Old French milion; see million).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French trillion.

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