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# coefficient

[ koh-uh-fish-uhnt ]

## noun

1. Mathematics. a number or quantity placed (generally) before and multiplying another quantity, as 3 in the expression 3x.
2. 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.

1. acting in consort; cooperating.

coefficient

/ ˌkəʊɪˈfɪʃənt /

## noun

1. maths
1. a numerical or constant factor in an algebraic term

the coefficient of the term 3xyz is 3

2. the product of all the factors of a term excluding one or more specified variables

the coefficient of x in 3axyz is 3ayz

2. physics a value that relates one physical quantity to another

coefficient

/ kō′ə-fĭshənt /

1. 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 ).
2. 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.

## Word History and Origins

Origin of coefficient1

First recorded in 1655–65, coefficient is from the New Latin word coefficient- (stem of coefficiēns ). See co-, efficient

## Word History and Origins

Origin of coefficient1

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

## 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.