# geometric progression

nounMathematics.
1. a sequence of terms in which the ratio between any two successive terms is the same, as the progression 1, 3, 9, 27, 81 or 144, 12, 1, 1/12, 1/144.

## Origin of geometric progression

1
First recorded in 1550–60

## Words Nearby geometric progression

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## How to use geometric progression in a sentence

• Industrialization, education, can be a geometric progression.

Border, Breed Nor Birth | Dallas McCord Reynolds
• It came to him that this sort of thing could work like a geometric progression.

Freedom | Dallas McCord Reynolds
• The intermediate figures show that the increase has been in almost geometric progression in recent years.

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• It is a problem the complexity of which grows in geometric progression as time goes on.

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• Once that point has been reached you can move in almost a geometric progression.

Adaptation | Dallas McCord Reynolds

## British Dictionary definitions for geometric progression

geometric progression

noun
1. a sequence of numbers, each of which differs from the succeeding one by a constant ratio, as 1, 2, 4, 8, …: Compare arithmetic progression

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## Scientific definitions for geometric progression

geometric progression

1. A sequence of numbers in which each number is multiplied by the same factor to obtain the next number in the sequence. In a geometric progression, the ratio of any two adjacent numbers is the same. An example is 5, 25, 125, 625, … , where each number is multiplied by 5 to obtain the following number, and the ratio of any number to the next number is always 1 to 5. Compare arithmetic progression.

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## Cultural definitions for geometric progression

geometric progression

In mathematics, a sequence of numbers in which each number is obtained from the previous one by multiplying by a constant. For example, the sequence 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 ... (in which each number is multiplied by 2 to get the next one) is a geometric progression.

## Notes for geometric progression

Many processes involving growth and spreading, such as population increases, can be described as geometric progressions.

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