trillion
noun Etymology: French, from tri- + -illion (as in million) Date: 1690 1. — see number table 2. an indeterminately large number <
a trillion mosquitoes out tonight
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trillion adjectivetrillionth adjective or noun

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  • trillion — tril‧lion [ˈtrɪljən] number trillion PLURALFORM or trillions one million million; 1,000,000,000,000: • The bank has assets of about a trillion euros. * * * trillion …   Financial and business terms

  • trillion — [ triljɔ̃ ] n. m. • 1484; de tri , sur le modèle de million (REM. cf. Billion.) 1 ♦ Vx Mille milliards (soit 1012). ⇒ billion. 2 ♦ (depuis 1948) Mod. Milliard de milliards (soit 1018). ⇒ exa . Million de trillions. ⇒ quatrillion. ● …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Trillion — may mean: Numbers Either of the two numbers (see long and short scales for more detail): 1,000,000,000,000 (one million million; 1012; SI prefix: tera ) for all short scale countries 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (one million million million; 1018;… …   Wikipedia

  • Trillion — Tril lion, n. [F. trillion, formed from the pref. tri in imitation of million a million. Cf. {Billion}.] According to the French notation, which is used upon the Continent generally and in the United States, the number expressed by a unit with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trillion — 1680s, from Fr. trillion (late 15c.), from tri + (m)illion. Cf. BILLION (Cf. billion). In the U.S., the fourth power of a thousand (one thousand billion, 1 followed by 12 zeroes); in Great Britain, the third power of a million (one million… …   Etymology dictionary

  • trillion — Now that billion means ‘a thousand million’ in both BrE and AmE, trillion has taken over the earlier BrE meaning of billion, i.e. ‘a million million’, in place of its own former (and more rarely needed) meaning ‘a million million million’ …   Modern English usage

  • Trillion — [Wichtig (Rating 3200 5600)] Bsp.: • Eine Trillion ist eine sehr große Zahl! …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • trillion — [tril′yen] n. [Fr < tri ,TRI + (mi)llion ] ☆ 1. the number represented by 1 followed by 12 zeros 2. Brit. the number represented by 1 followed by 18 zeros 3. an indefinite but very large number: a hyperbolic use adj. amounting to one trillion… …   English World dictionary

  • Trillion — Trillion, tausend mal tausend (Million) mal Billionen, die dritte Potenz der Million, mit 1 u. 18 Nullen od. 1018 geschrieben; s.u. Billion …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Trilliōn — Trilliōn, die drittePotenz einer Million, geschrieben 1 mit 18 Nullen …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Trillion — Trilliōn, 1 Million Billionen (1 mit 18 Nullen); in Frankreich das, was wir Billion (s.d.) nennen …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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