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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Banks still hold several trillion yen of bad loans.
▪ Harvey predicted fund assets would rise to $ 2. 4 trillion in 1995.
▪ Of the total, $ 2.6 trillion would come from Social Security surpluses.
▪ Our cumulative merchandise trade deficit worldwide is more than $ 1 trillion.
▪ The amount of uranium in the belt is about four billion tons, enough to make roughly a trillion tactical nuclear weapons.
▪ The congressionally authorized limit on the debt is $ 4. 9 trillion.
▪ With Mr Bush's plan for a $ 1.6 trillion tax cut, the problem is one of scale.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1680s, from French trillion, from Italian trilione; see tri- + million. 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 billion, 1 followed by 18 zeroes), which is the original sense. Compare billion.


Etymology 1 num. 1 (cx US modern British Australian English) A million million: 1 followed by twelve zeros, 1012. 2 (cx dated British Australian English) A million million million: 1 followed by eighteen zeros, 1018. Etymology 2

n. (cx basketball slang) A statistic formed by a player playing some number of minutes, but recording no stats.

  1. adj. one quintillion in Great Britain [syn: a trillion]

  2. one million million in the United States [syn: a trillion]

  1. n. the number that is represented as a one followed by 18 zeros; "in England they call a quintillion a trillion" [syn: one million million million]

  2. the number that is represented as a one followed by 12 zeros; "in England they call a trillion a billion" [syn: one million million, 1000000000000]


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Trillion (horse)

Trillion (1974–1987) was a French Thoroughbred racing mare who was an Eclipse Award winner in the United States.

Usage examples of "trillion".

The family had been founded four generations before when a brilliant designer had made his trillions, building among other things one of the first portable triple-lobe astrographic instruments.

The exhalation of a trillion budding exotherms melted the ice above the little vehicle.

It could also be eighteen billion trillion quadrillion quintillion whatever-you-like years ago.

DNA alleles that the chief serologist is going to tell you is expected to be found in only one in a trillion African- American men.

But then, as if they had set a trap, trillions of Shern globes closed in over the Star Kings.

Here we had spent decades and the lives of so many good soldiers and trillions of bars of latinum to help restore some semblance of order to this ungrateful world, and still its pathetic natives resisted us.

In the presence of the Society Broca gave him verbally a task in multiplication, composed of some trillions to be multiplied by billions.

There was something eerie in holding a conclave in this way, here, in the black deeps of the Vild, perhaps six hundred trillion miles from any other human being.

Her hands and knees were very cold and she was tired from slowing down so many millions and trillions and googolplexes of molecules.

Its very agony is worth a trillion happy magics and a million believing myths, and yet its only consolation is its unrelenting paina pain, a dread, an emptiness that feels beyond the comforts and distractions of the body, the persona, the ego, looks bravely into the face of the Void, and can no longer explain away either the Mystery or the Terror.

Had the pilots or others of the Order wondered how far they had fallen, they might have measured their journey in parsecs or tendays or trillions of miles.

The womb breathed life into these conventions, making the pulses race along the tracks like a quadrillion cars shuttling between the trillion junctions of a ten-thousand-tiered monorail.

Down, down, deeper into the grip of what was now a Sirian world, its space swarming with Sirian ships some fifty trillion miles from their home planet and only seven hundred million miles from Earth.

The ground is composed of a black spongelike substance and flickers with a trillion infinitesimal glimmers.

In home remote year the historians will record that Twentieth Century America attempted the astonishing blunder of changing its culture to fit automobiles instead of people, putting a skin of concrete and asphalt over millions of acres of arable land, rotting the hearts of their cities, so encouraging the proliferation of murderous, high-speed junk that when finally the invention of the Transporlon rendered the auto obsolete, it took twenty years and half a trillion dollars to obliterate the ugliness of all the years of madness, and rebuild the supercities in a manner to dignify the human instead of his toys.