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# coefficient

[ koh-*uh*-**fish**-*uh*nt ]

## noun

*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.*

## adjective

- acting in consort; cooperating.

coefficient

/ ˌkəʊɪˈfɪʃənt /

## noun

- maths
- a numerical or constant factor in an algebraic term
*the coefficient of the term 3xyz is 3* - the product of all the factors of a term excluding one or more specified variables
*the coefficient of x in 3axyz is 3ayz*

- physics a value that relates one physical quantity to another

coefficient

/ kō′ə-fĭsh**′**ənt /

- 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 4
*x*, 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.

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## Other Words From

**coef·ficient·ly**adverb

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## Word History and Origins

Origin of coefficient^{1}

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## Word History and Origins

Origin of coefficient^{1}

*coefficiēns,*from Latin

*co-*together +

*efficere*to effect

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## Example Sentences

Gardam’s counterexample uses one of the simplest number systems for its coefficients, a clock arithmetic with only two “hours.”

They’re also useful more generally whenever the linear system you’re trying to solve has a large number of variables whose coefficients are zero.

Drag coefficient measures how aerodynamic a car is, or essentially how its shape impacts the way it moves through the air, and the lower the number, the better.

The first dimension comes from taking a subset of the 3 billion numbers and adding them together, or multiplying them by some coefficient.

Stuff the part that wants to become infinite into a coefficient — a fixed number — in front of the sum.

(b) Similarly obtain the phenol coefficient at 30 minutes contact period.

Of course you want to know how this coefficient has been found out, and how you can be sure it is correct.

I hope I have now kept my promise, and made it clear how the coefficient of centrifugal force may be found in this simple way.

How to find the coefficient, by which the amount of centrifugal force exerted in any case may be computed.

At high temperatures the resistance generally increases, but the temperature coefficient is irregular.

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