An example of coefficient is 6 in the following algebra equation, 6x - 2.

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## coefficient

- a factor that contributes to produce a result
- Math. a number or algebraic symbol prefixed as a multiplier to a variable or unknown quantity (Ex.:
*x*in*x(y+z),**6*in*6ab*) - Physics a number, constant for a given substance, used as a multiplier in measuring the change in some property of the substance under given conditions: the
*coefficient*of expansion

Origin of coefficient

co- + efficient: origin, originally an adjective meaning “cooperating”

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## coefficient

noun

- A number or symbol multiplied with a variable or an unknown quantity in an algebraic term, as 4 in the term 4
*x,*or*x*in the term*x*(*a*+*b*). - A numerical measure of a physical or chemical property that is constant for a system under specified conditions, such as the coefficient of friction.

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(*plural* coefficients)

- (mathematics) A constant by which an algebraic term is multiplied.
- A number, value or item that serves as a measure of some property or characteristic.

From French coefficient, coined by French mathematician François Viète.

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