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}. [1913 Webster]

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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 — 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