Usage examples for billion

  1. 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
  2. What happens when we reach twenty billion fifty billion a hundred? – This Crowded Earth by Robert Bloch
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  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. 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
  8. Of course, the other two thousand billion are within private ownership and under no more control as to the use or the prices at which the coal may be sold than any other private property. –  by
  9. " Eighteen billion dollars' worth of work, destroyed completely. – Unwise Child by Gordon Randall Garrett
  10. 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
  11. A billion watchbirds couldn't have carried out the ambitious project set by the thousands. – Watchbird by Robert Sheckley
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. So, you see, there is not one chance in a billion that a stranger would find the tunnel. – The Gray Phantom's Return by Herman Landon
  15. That amounts to a billion dollars in ten years. – Our National Defense: The Patriotism of Peace by George Hebard Maxwell
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. I think it's something like a billion and a half. – The Gloved Hand by Burton E. Stevenson
  19. Uncle Sam has boasted his four billion yearly foreign trade from Atlantic ports. – The Canadian Commonwealth by Agnes C. Laut
  20. 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