# exponent

*exponent*on Thesaurus.com

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.

## Origin of exponent

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## How to use exponent in a sentence

If you multiply two polynomials, some terms might cancel out, but the term with the highest

*exponent*will always survive the cancellation process.Mathematician Disproves 80-Year-Old Algebra Conjecture | Erica Klarreich | April 12, 2021 | Quanta MagazineFor computer scientists and mathematicians, opinions about “

*exponent*two” boil down to a sense of how the world should be.Matrix Multiplication Inches Closer to Mythic Goal | Kevin Hartnett | March 23, 2021 | Quanta MagazineIf

*exponent*two is achievable, then it’s possible to carry out matrix multiplication as fast as physically possible.Matrix Multiplication Inches Closer to Mythic Goal | Kevin Hartnett | March 23, 2021 | Quanta MagazineSince then mathematicians and computer scientists have jockeyed to lower the

*exponent*further.New Algorithm Breaks Speed Limit for Solving Linear Equations | Kevin Hartnett | March 8, 2021 | Quanta MagazineShe established an institute that conducted classes, wrote a book on the practice, and became one of its chief exponents in the United States.

Marie Mongan, champion of hypnobirthing, dies at 86 | Olesia Plokhii | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post

Brilliant as an

*exponent*of the virtues in Spenser, Dante, Chaucer, Lewis could not write his own poetry.The biggest laugh was claimed by the writer, actor and gay-rights

*exponent*, Stephen Fry.Not as an

*exponent*of entertainment, but as part of the group having a pleasant, homey evening.My Wonderful Visit | Charlie ChaplinIt is this also which renders the dictionary meaning of a word, by universal remark so imperfect an

*exponent*of its real meaning.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive | John Stuart MillNothing came of the plan, which is a pity, as each was a supreme

*exponent*of his point of view.The Letters of Ambrose Bierce | Ambrose BierceSherman was the chief Union

*exponent*of the tactical gift that makes marches count as much as fighting.The Civil War Through the Camera | Henry W. (Henry William) ElsonAll this prepared the way for the advent of Margaret Fuller, and brought about the condition of which she was the

*exponent*.The College, the Market, and the Court | Caroline H. Dall

## British Dictionary definitions for exponent

/ (ɪkˈspəʊnənt) /

(usually foll by of) a person or thing that acts as an advocate (of an idea, cause, etc)

a person or thing that explains or interprets

a performer or interpretive artist, esp a musician

Also called: power, index maths a number or variable placed as a superscript to the right of another number or quantity indicating the number of times the number or quantity is to be multiplied by itself

offering a declaration, explanation, or interpretation

## Origin of exponent

^{1}

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## Scientific definitions for exponent

[ ĕk′spō′nənt, ĭk-spō′nənt ]

A number or symbol, placed above and to the right of the expression to which it applies, that indicates the number of times the expression is used as a factor. For example, the exponent 3 in 53 indicates 5 X 5 X 5; the exponent x in (a + b)x indicates (a + b) multiplied by itself x times.

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## Cultural definitions for exponent

A number placed above and to the right of another number to show that it has been raised to a power. For example, 32 indicates that 3 has been raised to a power of 2, or multiplied by itself; 32 is equal to 9.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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