# exponential

[ek-spoh-nen-shuh l, -spuh-]

- of or relating to an exponent or exponents.
- Mathematics.
- of or relating to the constant e.
- (of an equation) having one or more unknown variables in one or more exponents.

- rising or expanding at a steady and usually rapid rate:a city experiencing exponential growth.

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- Mathematics.
- the constant e raised to the power equal to a given expression, as e3x, which is the exponential of 3x.
- any positive constant raised to a power.

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## Origin of exponential

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## Related Words for exponential

epidemic, aggressive, rampant, augmented, wanton, mounting, ascending, growing## Examples from the Web for exponential

### Contemporary Examples of exponential

The numbers are still small, but the growth has been exponential since the first atheist church service was held in January.

Yet the exponential decline in the cost means that the threat posed by the fabrication of lethal bio-pathogens is rising.

This trend will only make more sense as the exponential cost drop continues.

It has annual revenues exceeding $6 billion, an exponential improvement from the 1990s.

Every tiny ounce of pressure added has an exponential effect.

### Historical Examples of exponential

The energy it would receive from the Sun as it approached, an exponential curve.

The LeechPhillips Barbee

It multiplies and surges to its fulfillment at an exponential rate.

The Demi-UrgeThomas Michael Disch

The inevitable outcome is an exponential explosion in computing and networking power.

After the RainSam Vaknin

## exponential

- maths (of a function, curve, series, or equation) of, containing, or involving one or more numbers or quantities raised to an exponent, esp e x
- maths raised to the power of e, the base of natural logarithmsSymbol: exp
- of or involving an exponent or exponents
- informal very rapid

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- maths an exponential function, etc

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## Word Origin and History for exponential

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## exponential

[ĕk′spə-nĕn′shəl]

- Relating to a mathematical expression containing one or more exponents.♦ Something is said to increase or decrease exponentially if its rate of change must be expressed using exponents. A graph of such a rate would appear not as a straight line, but as a curve that continually becomes steeper or shallower.

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