One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A million million (1,000,000,000,000 or 10¹²).
- ‘Orders are placed for 100 million cars, at a cost of a trillion dollars - a major boost to the economy.’
- ‘Neutrinos are extremely abundant in nature - trillions of them are passing through us at any given moment.’
- ‘Japan's total savings market of 44 million households is about $10 trillion, or half the U.S. market.’
- ‘The planet's electromagnetic field is decaying due to the outer core of the Earth, itself a ball of trillions of tons of liquid metal, having stopped moving.’
- ‘The signal is thought to have been transmitted 31 million years ago and travelled 182 trillion miles to reach us on Earth.’
- ‘Scientists tell us that just after the ‘big bang’ the temperature was 100 million trillion trillion degrees.’
- ‘Estimates for the total cost of reunification range from hundreds of billion to a few trillion dollars.’
- ‘Their business with each other exceeds $2.5 trillion a year and provides jobs for some 12 million workers.’
- ‘Why do we need trillions of dollars worth of prescription drugs.’
- ‘Government data shows that Indonesia has reserves of 10 billion barrels of oil and 150 trillion cubic feet of gas.’
- ‘Estimates show Spanish Point could contain up to 1.1 trillion cubic feet of gas and 112 millions of barrels of oil in the nearby Burren field.’
- ‘The most distant objects in the universe are about a hundred billion trillion miles away.’
- ‘BAT sold 800 billion of the 5.3 trillion cigarettes in the global market last year.’
- ‘And if we keep doing that we'll get the national debt down to about $1.1 trillion over the next 10 years.’
- ‘The loans, which amount to trillions of yen, are seen as a key hurdle to economic revival.’
- ‘There are now more than 200 million vehicles traveling 5 trillion miles per year in the United States alone.’
- ‘After all, it only has a population of 33 million and a GDP of $1.07 trillion.’
- ‘The federal government spends over $2 trillion annually on more than 1,000 programs.’
- ‘These companies employ about six million Canadians and generate as much as $1.3 trillion in gross annual sales.’
- ‘This resulted in the quadrupling of the debt from $568 billion US to about $2 trillion US.’
- 1.1trillionsinformal A very large number or amount.‘the yammering of trillions of voices’
- ‘The government organisation for whom I slog my guts out are making trillions of people redundant due to a ‘restructure’.’
- ‘A baby is born with trillions of circuits in its brain.’
- ‘You'd think with all their trillions of dollars they could afford therapy or something.’
- ‘I look forward to someone adding it all up, but it's easily in the trillions.’
- ‘All this ridiculous wealth: trillions and zillions of it in less than a cubic mile of the City.’
- ‘I would never, ever in a million billion trillion years kiss Macy's feet.’
- ‘You can't get a hundred per cent guarantees and you can't spend trillions of dollars trying to guard a single Qantas office.’
- ‘There were trillions of them, shimmering against the blue and black sky.’
- ‘The amount is a joke compared to the trillions lost by investors and the billions in fees that the brokerages earned.’
- ‘Eventually, everyone in the world who has ever logged on will owe us a million billion trillion dollars.’
- 1.2British dated A million million million (1,000,000,000,000,000,000 or 10¹⁸).
- ‘A British trillion used to be one million American trillions, but they are mostly the same now.’
- ‘Furthermore, the British trillion is a million times of its American counterpart!’
Late 17th century: from French, from million, by substitution of the prefix tri- ‘three’ for the initial letters.
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