|Cardinal||One billion (short scale)
One thousand million, or one milliard (long scale)
|Ordinal||One billionth (short scale)|
|Factorization||29 · 59|
1,000,000,000 (one billion, short scale; one thousand million or milliard, yard, long scale) is the natural number following 999,999,999 and preceding 1,000,000,001. One billion can also be written as b or bn.
In scientific notation, it is written as 1 × 109.
Previously in British English (but not in American English), the word "billion" referred exclusively to a million millions (1,000,000,000,000). However, this is no longer as common as earlier, and the word has been used to mean one thousand million (1,000,000,000) for some time. The alternative term "one thousand million" is rare and is used primarily to ease understanding among both native and non-native speakers of English to clarify relative comparative understanding[clarification needed] of the term, as many other languages use words similar to "billion" (e.g. Spanish billón, or Finnish biljoona) to mean one trillion (1,000,000,000,000 or a million millions).
The term milliard can also be used to refer to 1,000,000,000; whereas "milliard" is seldom used in English, variations on this name often appear in other languages (e.g. Hungarian (Magyar) milliárd, Indonesian miliar, Polish miliard, Danish milliard, Spanish millardo, French milliard, Italian miliardo, Icelandic milljarður, German Milliarde, Hebrew מיליארד, Finnish miljardi, Dutch miljard, Croatian milijarda, Serbian милијарда, Bulgarian милиард, Russian миллиард, Czech miliarda, Arabic مليار, Romanian miliard, Swedish miljard, Norwegian milliard, Turkish milyar, Esperanto miliardo).
The facts below give a sense of how large 1,000,000,000 (109) is in the context of time according to current scientific evidence:
A small mountain, slightly larger than Stone Mountain Georgia, United States, would weigh (have a mass of) a billion tons.
A is a cube; B consists of 1000 cubes of type A, C consists of 1000 Bs; and D consists of 1000 Cs. Thus there are 1 million As in C; and 1,000,000,000 As in D.