- a person or thing that expounds, explains, or interprets: an exponent of modern theory in the arts.
- a person or thing that is a representative, advocate, type, or symbol of something: Lincoln is an exponent of American democracy.
- Mathematics. a symbol or number placed above and after another symbol or number to denote the power to which the latter is to be raised: The exponents of the quantities xn, 2m, y4, and 35 are, respectively, n, m, 4, and 5.
Origin of exponent
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Brilliant as an exponent of the virtues in Spenser, Dante, Chaucer, Lewis could not write his own poetry.The Odd Story of C.S. Lewis, an Extremely Odd Man
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The exponent of Rousseau was ofttimes "long preaching," like St. Paul.In the Heart of Vosges
The popular type and exponent of obstinacy is the mule, a most intelligent animal.The Devil's Dictionary
Only, the forest-runner, by long use, has raised the exponent of his powers.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
Francesca Caccini was an exponent of the first growth of opera.Woman's Work in Music
Afterward she had simply become in memory the exponent of an ideal.Bonaventure
George Washington Cable
- (usually foll by of) a person or thing that acts as an advocate (of an idea, cause, etc)
- a person or thing that explains or interprets
- a performer or interpretive artist, esp a musician
- Also called: power, index maths a number or variable placed as a superscript to the right of another number or quantity indicating the number of times the number or quantity is to be multiplied by itself
- offering a declaration, explanation, or interpretation
Word Origin and History for exponent
1706, from Latin exponentem (nominative exponens), present participle of exponere "put forth" (see expound). A mathematical term at first; the sense of "one who expounds" is 1812. As an adjective, from 1580s.
- A number or symbol, placed above and to the right of the expression to which it applies, that indicates the number of times the expression is used as a factor. For example, the exponent 3 in 53 indicates 5 X 5 X 5; the exponent x in (a + b)x indicates (a + b) multiplied by itself x times.
A number placed above and to the right of another number to show that it has been raised to a power. For example, 32 indicates that 3 has been raised to a power of 2, or multiplied by itself; 32 is equal to 9.