The number 1,000,000,000 in the British system of denomination, it is three powers of ten short of being a billion and three powers of ten greater than a million.

Jeff seems to have somewhat missed the point, IMHO, in his writeup above. The milliard is the correct word for one thousand million (1x10^9). A billion is one million million (1x10^12) by extension.

The American terminology of calling 1,000,000,000 a billion has gained provenance over the years, until it is now taught in British schools and universities. That still doesn't make it right.

BTW, the billion is heralded as the only thing that's bigger in Britain than it is in America....

Mil`liard" (?), n. [F., from mille, mil, thousand, L. mille.]

A thousand millions; -- called also billion. See Billion.

 

© Webster 1913.

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