Definition of sextillion in English:

sextillion

Line breaks: sex¦til|lion
Pronunciation: /sɛksˈtɪljən
 
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number (plural sextillions or (with numeral) same)

  • 1A thousand raised to the seventh power (1021).
    More example sentences
    • And a mouse is miracle enough to stagger sextillions of infidels.
    • A further challenge is the humbling fact that the original cloud is billions of times wider and a hundred sextillion (100 x [10.sup.21]) times less dense than the star the models are trying to simulate.
    • In the last decades of the 20c, however, the North American use has become universal, providing the set million, billion, trillion, quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, septillion, octillion, nonillion, decillion.
  • 1.1 dated , chiefly British A million raised to the sixth power (1036).

Derivatives

sextillionth

number
More example sentences
  • One amu is less than 200 sextillionths of a gram.

Origin

late 17th century: from French, from million, by substitution of the prefix sexti- 'six' (from Latin sextus 'sixth') for the initial letters.

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