[ek-spoh-nen-shuh l, -spuh-]
- of or relating to an exponent or exponents.
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of exponential
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Examples from the Web for exponentially
That was in 2006 in Georgia, but in 2009, the project moved to New York and exponentially grew across the globe.Blurred Lines at NY Sketchbook Museum
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Exponentially powerful technologies are transforming our sphere of possibilities.On Transhumanism and Why Technology Is Our Silicon Nervous System
April 26, 2014
And if those consequences result in exponentially higher Brotherhood casualties than army casualties, then so be it.Neocon Scholar: Keep Bloodying The Brotherhood
August 16, 2013
What if we missed means to better, exponentially better, exploit our military supremacy?What If the Iraq War Never Happened?
March 20, 2013
Even the simple task of grasping an object is exponentially more difficult in a pressure suit.Felix Baumgartner Talks Space Jump, Red Bull’s ‘Stratos,’ Kittinger’s Record, and More
October 9, 2012
Tremendous parallelism ensures the vitality of the exponentially increasing number and types of transactions.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- 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
- maths an exponential function, etc
Word Origin and History for exponentially
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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