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One entry found for googol.
Main Entry: goo·gol
Pronunciation: primarystressgü-secondarystressgodotl
Function: noun
Etymology: coined by Milton Sirotta, age 9, and first used by his uncle Edward Kasner 1878-1955 American mathematician
: a very large number that is expressed in numerals as 1 followed by one hundred 0's
Word History The term googol was invented by a nine-year-old boy. In the late 1930s an American mathematician, Edward Kasner, asked his nephew, Milton Sirotta, to think up a word for a very big number, in particular, the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. The boy came up with the word googol. The term was then used by Kasner and other mathematicians and scientists. Such people needed this word, and so it became part of the language.

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