# exponent

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

/ ɪkˈspoʊ nənt, ˈɛk spoʊ nənt /

### 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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## British Dictionary definitions for exponent

## exponent

/ (ɪkˈspəʊnənt) /

### noun

(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

### adjective

offering a declaration, explanation, or interpretation

## Word Origin for exponent

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

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## Word Origin and History for exponent

## exponent

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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## Science definitions for exponent

## 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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## Culture definitions for exponent

## 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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