Usage examples for billion

  1. In Massachusetts alone it has been reckoned that there are fifteen billion cubic feet of peat, the largest bog occupying several thousand acres. – The Elements of Geology by William Harmon Norton
  2. Uncle Sam has boasted his four billion yearly foreign trade from Atlantic ports. – The Canadian Commonwealth by Agnes C. Laut
  3. " Eighteen billion dollars' worth of work, destroyed completely. – Unwise Child by Gordon Randall Garrett
  4. There are a billion dreams at least, probably many billions of dreams every night, then, in this little world of ours. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  5. This capacity reflected a fourfold increase since 1960, a large part of which was accounted for by a single thermal plant of 100, 000- kilowatt capacity put into operation in late 1969. The country's hydroelectric power potential has been estimated by Albanian technicians as roughly 3 billion kilowatt- hours per year, half of which is represented by the Drin River. – Area Handbook for Albania by Eugene K. Keefe Sarah Jane Elpern William Giloane James M. Moore, Jr. Stephen Peters Eston T. White
  6. However, one chance in a billion had come to pass, and his journey earthward had been checked in the nick of time by the crooked and gnarled branches of the scrub tree. – Dave Dawson at Casablanca by Robert Sydney Bowen
  7. We have occupied and apportioned the billion acres of French domain among sixty million people. – The French in the Heart of America by John Finley
  8. One cannot tell here, even in outline, the story of that irrepressible conflict in which this western ploughman and lawyer became commander- in- chief of an army of a million men and carried on a war involving the expenditure of three billion dollars. – The French in the Heart of America by John Finley
  9. The Confederate war debt was never paid, for some reason or other, but the Federal debt when it was feeling the best amounted to two billion eight hundred and forty- four million dollars. – Comic History of the United States by Bill Nye
  10. That amounts to a billion dollars in ten years. – Our National Defense: The Patriotism of Peace by George Hebard Maxwell
  11. There's a special plane from the west coast going through to New York with Mrs. Van Verity Vanness, who is worth a billion or so, aboard. – Jane Stewardess of the Air Lines by Ruthe S. Wheeler
  12. This showed that people who have just wound up a big war have often learned some valuable sense; not two billion dollars' worth, perhaps, but some. – Comic History of the United States by Bill Nye
  13. The estimated difference of 4. 3 billion dollars will be met by a reduction in the very substantial balance which will be in the Treasury during the next fiscal year. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  14. What happens when we reach twenty billion, fifty billion, a hundred? – This Crowded Earth by Robert Bloch
  15. How many million- or billion- fold our sense of sight and touch would have to be increased to bring this about! – The Breath of Life by John Burroughs
  16. This compared with $ 12. 5 billion in 1946, the previous high year. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  17. I think it's something like a billion and a half. – The Gloved Hand by Burton E. Stevenson