# exponent

[ik-spoh-nuhnt, ek-spoh-nuhnt]

### noun

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.

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The exponent of Rousseau was ofttimes "long preaching," like St. Paul.

In the Heart of VosgesMatilda Betham-Edwards

The popular type and exponent of obstinacy is the mule, a most intelligent animal.

The Devil's DictionaryAmbrose Bierce

Only, the forest-runner, by long use, has raised the exponent of his powers.

The ForestStewart Edward White

Francesca Caccini was an exponent of the first growth of opera.

Woman's Work in MusicArthur Elson

Afterward she had simply become in memory the exponent of an ideal.

BonaventureGeorge Washington Cable

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## Word Origin for exponent

C16: from Latin expōnere to set out, expound, from pōnere to set, place

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## exponent

[ĕk′spō′nənt, ĭk-spō′nənt]

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