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A million is a number equal to 106 = 1,0002 = 1,000,000 = 1E6 = one followed by six zeroes (in both the short scale and the long scale).[1] It is both a square number and cubic number. It is often used as hyperbole or exaggeration to represent an indefinitely large number. A million is one of the first numbers to be generally considered big by most people's standards. The name came from an Italian word "millione" which combined the Italian "mille" meaning one thousand with the augmentative suffix -one.[2]

Alternative names

Aarex Tiaokhiao gave the name duillion, referring to the value of this number.[3]

Wikia user NumLynx gave the name bisand for this number.[4] They also gave the name hexaplex, coined in analogy to hexalogue. [5]

Yottatron (AKA Jamiem2001 on Googology Wiki) gave the name Duolillion, referring to the value of this number.[6]

Aarex Tiaokhiao calls this number sooxol, 6-noogol[7], or goonaoltetrault, and it's equal to a(101000)x[4] in Aarex's Array Notation.[8]

Username5243 calls this number niloogoltriplex or goosol, and it's equal to 10[1]6 in Username5243's Array Notation.[9]

Nirvana Supermind calls this number three-ex-grand zeroogol , and it's equal to Q<10,two-ex-grand zeroogol> in Quick array notation[10].

BlankEntity calls this number Noogol.[11]

DeepLineMadom calls the number boogoltriplex, and is equal to 10[2]10[2]10[2]10[2]100 in DeepLineMadom's Array Notation[12]. It is not to be confused with the much larger Bowers' boogoltriplex, which is {10,10,{10,10,{10,10,{10,10,100}}}} in BEAF.


  • One million milliseconds is approximately 17 minutes, one million seconds is approximately 11.5 days, one million minutes is about two years, one million hours is about 114 years, one million days is about 2700 years, one million weeks is about 19000 years, and one million month is approximately 83000 years.
  • Sbiis Saibian computed that if a person walked one thousand miles every 31 days, after 75 years, that person would have managed to walk about 883000 miles.[13]
  • A tower of a million people would reach 1700 km high, which is about four times higher than the International Space Station.
  • The most popular add-on for Firefox, AdBlock Plus, has about 1997 million downloads as of October, 2016.
  • The SI prefix mega- multiplies by one million.
  • A million one dollar bills would cover the area of two football fields.
  • The country of Kazakhstan is slightly larger than 1,000,000 square miles in area; and the country of Egypt is slightly larger than 1,000,000 square kilometers in area.[14]
  • The state of Alaska is about 1,700,000 square kilometers in area.[15]

In googology

In Greek-based number-naming systems, a million is associated with SI prefix mega-, and with SI prefix micro- in Latin systems.

A million is the boundary between class 1 and class 2 numbers in Robert Munafo's idea (see class for more).[16]

A million appears in the definition of Aarex's Graham Generator as well as googolisms formed using it such as forcal.


Currency-related use

There are Iranian rial Iran Cheques with this number in the denomination.

Some other currencies, such as the third Polish złoty and the first Turkish lira, had banknotes with this number in the denomination.

It is also the prize for correctly answering all fifteen questions in some national editions of the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in the respective local currency.

Furthermore, it was also the prize for correctly answering the first five questions in the Italian game show Chi vuol essere miliardario? in Italian lire.

Finally, it was also the prize for correctly answering the first ten questions in the Japanese game show Quiz $ Millionaire in Japanese yen.


Notation Lower bound Upper bound
Scientific notation \(1\times10^6\)
Arrow notation \(10\uparrow6\)
Steinhaus-Moser Notation 7[3] 8[3]
Copy notation 9[6] 1[7]
Chained arrow notation \(10\rightarrow6\)
Taro's multivariable Ackermann function A(3,16) A(3,17)
H* function H*(1)
PlantStar's Debut Notation [3] [4]
BEAF {10,6}
Hyper-L Notation \(L(6)\)
Hyper-E notation E6
Bashicu matrix system (0)[1000]
Hyperfactorial array notation 9! 10!
Bird's array notation {10,6}
Strong array notation s(10,6)
Fast-growing hierarchy \(f_2(15)\) \(f_2(16)\)
Hardy hierarchy \(H_{\omega^2}(15)\) \(H_{\omega^2}(16)\)
Slow-growing hierarchy \(g_{\omega^6}(10)\)

See also


Main article: -illion
1–9: million · billion · trillion · quadr · quint · sext · sept · oct · non
10–19: decillion · undec · duodec · tredec · quattuordec · quindec · sexdec · septendec · octodec · novemdec
20–29: vigintillion · unvigint · duovigint · tresvigint · quattuorvigint · quinvigint · sesvigint · septemvigint · octovigint · novemvigint
30–39: trigintillion (un- · duo- · tres- · quattuor- · quin- · ses- · septen- · octo- · noven-)
40–49: quadragintillion (un- · duo- · tre- · quattuor- · quin- · sex- · septen- · octo- · novem-)
50–59: quinquagintillion (un- · duo- · tre- · quattuor- · quin- · sex- · septen- · octo- · novem-)
60–69: sexagintillion (un- · duo- · tre- · quattuor- · quin- · sex- · septen- · octo- · novem-)
70–79: septuagintillion (un- · duo- · tre- · quattuor- · quin- · sex- · septen- · octo- · novem-)
80–89: octogintillion (un- · duo- · tre- · quattuor- · quin- · sex- · septen- · octo- · novem-)
90–99: nonagintillion (un- · duo- · tre- · quattuor- · quin- · sex- · septen- · octo- · novem-)
100–900: centillion · ducent · trecent · quadringent · quingent · sescent · septuagintisescent · septingent · octingent · nongent
1,000–1024: millillion · dumill · dumillinonagintanongent · trimill · trimilliduotrigintatrecent · trimillisexoctogintaoctingent · quadrimill · quadrimilliquattuordecicent · quinmill · sexmill · septimill · octimill · nonimill · myr · decimilliquinsexagintasescent · dumyr · unquadragintamilliunquinquagintacent · centimill · micr · nan · pic · femt · att · zept · yoct