# exponent

[ik-spoh-nuh nt, ek-spoh-nuh nt]

- 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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## Origin of exponent^{}

## Synonyms

See more synonyms for exponent on Thesaurus.com1. supporter, champion, proponent, promoter. 2. embodiment, personification.

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## Examples from the Web for exponent

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### Historical Examples

#### 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

## exponent

- (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

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- offering a declaration, explanation, or interpretation

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## Word Origin

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

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## Word Origin and History for exponent

### n.

1706, from Latin exponentem (nominative exponens), present participle of exponere "put forth" (see expound). A mathematical term at first; the sense of "one who expounds" is 1812. As an adjective, from 1580s.

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## 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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## 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.

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