How high can you count? – The powers of 10

Did you ever think about how far you can count? Here are some of the names of the powers of 10.

English names of the first 10000 powers of 10
10 to a power
(number of 0’s
after the 1)
Latin power
(number of 000’s
after the 1)
prefix cardinal
(determines letters
before the illion)
American system
without dashes
100 0 n/a one
101 0 n/a ten
102 0 n/a one hundred
103 1 n/a one thousand
104 1 n/a ten thousand
105 1 n/a one hundred thousand
106 2 1 one million
107 2 1 ten million
108 2 1 one hundred million
109 3 2 one billion
1010 3 2 ten billion
1011 3 2 one hundred billion
1012 4 3 one trillion
1013 4 3 ten trillion
1014 4 3 one hundred trillion
1015 5 4 one quadrillion
1016 5 4 ten quadrillion
1017 5 4 one hundred quadrillion
1018 6 5 one quintillion
1019 6 5 ten quintillion
1020 6 5 one hundred quintillion
1021 7 6 one sextillion
1022 7 6 ten sextillion
1023 7 6 one hundred sextillion
1024 8 7 one septillion
1025 8 7 ten septillion
1026 8 7 one hundred septillion
1027 9 8 one octillion
1028 9 8 ten octillion
1029 9 8 one hundred octillion
1030 10 9 one nonillion
1031 10 9 ten nonillion
1032 10 9 one hundred nonillion
1033 11 10 one decillion
1034 11 10 ten decillion
1035 11 10 one hundred decillion
1036 12 1 and 10 one undecillion
1037 12 1 and 10 ten undecillion
1038 12 1 and 10 one hundred undecillion
1039 13 2 and 10 one duodecillion
1040 13 2 and 10 ten duodecillion

If this isn’t enough for you, go to http://isthe.com/chongo/tech/math/number/tenpower.html and find out what the 10000 power of ten is called.

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3 Comments.

  1. But that’s silly! It should be done in powers of a million.
    (million)¹ = million = 10⁶
    (million)² = billion = 10¹²
    (million)³ = trillion = 10¹⁸
    (million)⁴ = quadrillion = 10²⁴

    Then replace -on with -ard for the numbers inbetween.

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  2. And that even with the suboptimal american number names. in german you have -illion and then -illarde for each Name:
    – Million
    – Milliarde
    – Billion
    – Billarde
    – …

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  3. and that’s what you can read under supplied link to the source (if check the european system, not american)

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