billion billion  /ˈbɪl jən/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) the number that is represented as a one followed by 12 zeros; in the United Kingdom the usage followed in the United States is frequently seen
  2. (n) a very large indefinite number (usually hyperbole)
  3. (n) the number that is represented as a one followed by 9 zeros
  4. (adj) denoting a quantity consisting of one thousand million items or units in the United States
  5. (adj) denoting a quantity consisting of one million million items or units in Great Britain

Usage(s):

  • TARP funds have lost $16 billion in a month in a half, according to a PTI analysis.

News

  1. J&J, in new $1 billion deal, bolsters prostate-cancer role

    By Ransdell Pierson (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson said it would pay up to $1 billion for Aragon Pharmaceuticals and its experimental drugs for prostate cancer, bolstering J&J's role in the field after it acquired another experimental prostate-cancer treatment four years ago that has become a leading brand. J&J on Monday said Aragon's lead product, called ARN-509, has potential to help patients ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. UK's Co-op Bank agrees $2.4 billion 'bail-in' rescue plan

    By Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Co-operative Group will force bondholders to help plug a 1.5 billion pound ($2.4 billion) capital hole, avoiding a repeat of unpopular taxpayer-funded bailouts made during the financial crisis. Using a "bail-in" rescue model, bondholders will have to swap their debt for new bonds and equity in the bank, which will be listed on the London Stock ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Co-op Bank agrees £1.5 billion 'bail-in' rescue plan

    By Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Co-operative Group will force bondholders to help plug a 1.5 billion pound capital hole, avoiding a repeat of unpopular taxpayer-funded bailouts made during the financial crisis. Using a "bail-in" rescue model, bondholders will have to swap their debt for new bonds and equity in the bank, which will be listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Co-op ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. "I'm ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday," Barton said. "I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown. In this case, a $20-billion...
    on Jun 17, 2010 By: Joe Barton Source: Los Angeles Times (blog)

  2. "Despite our best efforts, including raising our bid by roughly five billion US dollars, Yahoo has not moved toward accepting our offer," Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said in a letter posted on his company's website. "We continue...
    on May 3, 2008 By: Steve Ballmer Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. "Today, the Congressional Budget Office has sent Congress a powerful message: our comprehensive energy and climate bill will slash America's deficit by over $19 billion," said Sens. Kerry and Lieberman. "There is no more room for excuses -...
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: John Kerry Source: TIME (blog)

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