# coefficient

[koh-uh-fish-uh nt]

- 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.

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- acting in consort; cooperating.

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## Origin of coefficient^{}

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## Examples from the Web for coefficient

### Historical Examples

#### You're referring to the necessity for a coefficient of discharge.

Houlihan's EquationWalt Sheldon

#### "Clear it ov its coefficient, and we'll thry," says the Pope.

Stories of ComedyVarious

#### The coefficient of rolling friction of a railroad train on a track is 0.009.

PhysicsWillis Eugene Tower

#### The rate of expansion per degree is called the Coefficient of Expansion.

PhysicsWillis Eugene Tower

#### This might be termed the Recognition, the other the Perception, coefficient.

Studies in Logical TheoryJohn Dewey

# coefficient

- maths
- 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

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## Word Origin

C17: from New Latin coefficiēns, from Latin co- together + efficere to effect

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## Word Origin and History for coefficient

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# coefficient

(kō′ə-fĭsh′ənt)- 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.

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# 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 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.

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