# Exponent

[ik-spoh-nuh nt, ek-spoh-nuh nt] /ɪkˈspoʊ nənt, ˈɛk spoʊ nənt/

**noun**

1.

a person or thing that , explains, or interprets:

an exponent of modern theory in the arts.

2.

a person or thing that is a representative, advocate, type, or symbol of something:

Lincoln is an exponent of American democracy.

3.

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, y 4 , and 3 5 are, respectively, n, m, 4, and 5.

/ɪkˈspəʊnənt/

**noun**

1.

(usually foll by of) a person or thing that acts as an advocate (of an idea, cause, etc)

2.

a person or thing that explains or interprets

3.

a performer or interpretive artist, esp a musician

4.

(maths) Also called power, index. 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**

5.

offering a declaration, explanation, or interpretation

n.

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.

exponent

(ěk’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 × 5 × 5; the exponent x in (a + b)x indicates (a + b) multiplied by itself x times.

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.

programming

(Or “characteristic”) The part of a floating-point number specifying the power of ten by which the mantissa should be multiplied. In the common notation, e.g. 3.1E8, the exponent is 8.

(1995-02-27)

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