- the number 1 followed by 100 zeros; 10
- any very large number
Origin of googolarbitrary use by E. Kasner (1878-1955), United States mathematician, of a word coined, as he reported it, by his young nephew, Milton Sirotta
Origin of googolCoined at the age of nine by Milton Sirotta, nephew of Edward Kasner (1878-1955), American mathematician
Made up in 1938 by the nine year old Milton Sirrota, the nephew of mathematician Edward Kasner who had asked Milton for the hypothetical number of 10 to the 100th.
googol - Computer Definition
An extremely large number. The term was coined by Milton Sirotta, a young nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner (1878-1955), who said a googol was 1 followed by 100 zeros (10100). Since a googol is so large that it encompasses everything in the universe and then some, it just means a "gargantuan amount." An even larger amount is a googolplex. See Googleplex and Google.