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# exponent

[ ik-**spoh**-n*uh*nt, **ek**-spoh-n*uh*nt ]

## 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.***Synonyms:**personification, embodiment *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.*

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 calledpowerindex 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

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 5
^{3}indicates 5 × 5 × 5; the exponent*x*in (*a*+*b*)^{x}indicates (*a*+*b*) multiplied by itself*x*times.

## Word History and Origins

Origin of exponent^{1}

## Word History and Origins

Origin of exponent^{1}

*expōnere*to set out, expound, from

*pōnere*to set, place

## Example Sentences

If you multiply two polynomials, some terms might cancel out, but the term with the highest exponent will always survive the cancellation process.

For computer scientists and mathematicians, opinions about “exponent two” boil down to a sense of how the world should be.

If exponent two is achievable, then it’s possible to carry out matrix multiplication as fast as physically possible.

Since then mathematicians and computer scientists have jockeyed to lower the exponent further.

She established an institute that conducted classes, wrote a book on the practice, and became one of its chief exponents in the United States.

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.

It is this also which renders the dictionary meaning of a word, by universal remark so imperfect an exponent of its real meaning.

Nothing came of the plan, which is a pity, as each was a supreme exponent of his point of view.

Sherman was the chief Union exponent of the tactical gift that makes marches count as much as fighting.

All this prepared the way for the advent of Margaret Fuller, and brought about the condition of which she was the exponent.

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