- Mathematics. a number or quantity placed (generally) before and multiplying another quantity, as 3 in the expression 3x.
- Physics. a number that is constant for a given substance, body, or process under certain specified conditions, serving as a measure of one of its properties: coefficient of friction.
- acting in consort; cooperating.
Origin of coefficient
Related Words for coefficientharmonious, collegial, symbiotic, interdependent, united, concerted, reciprocal, collateral, coeval, belonging, joint, fellow, complementary, incident, contemporary, satellite, attending, corollary, coordinate, attendant
Examples from the Web for coefficient
Historical Examples of coefficient
You're referring to the necessity for a coefficient of discharge.Houlihan's Equation
"Clear it ov its coefficient, and we'll thry," says the Pope.Stories of Comedy
The coefficient of rolling friction of a railroad train on a track is 0.009.
The rate of expansion per degree is called the Coefficient of Expansion.
This might be termed the Recognition, the other the Perception, coefficient.Studies in Logical Theory
- a numerical or constant factor in an algebraic termthe coefficient of the term 3xyz is 3
- the product of all the factors of a term excluding one or more specified variablesthe coefficient of x in 3axyz is 3ayz
- physics a value that relates one physical quantity to another
Word Origin for coefficient
Word Origin and History for coefficient
- The mathematical expression of the amount or degree of any quality possessed by a substance, or of the degree of physical or chemical change normally occurring in that substance under stated conditions.
- A number or symbol multiplied with a variable or an unknown quantity in an algebraic term. For example, 4 is the coefficient in the term 4x, and x is the coefficient in x(a + b).
- A numerical measure of a physical or chemical property that is constant for a system under specified conditions. The speed of light in a vacuum, for example, is a constant.