exponent[ek spōn′ənt, ik-; also, esp.for n.3, eks′pōn′-]
- An exponent is defined as a math term that denotes the number of times a number must be multiplied by itself.
An example of an exponent is the mathematical term used to represent 4x4x4. In this case, the exponent would be three.
- The definition of an exponent is a person who establishes or promotes principles or methods.
An example of an exponent is a teacher who convinces his students of the benefits of volunteering in the community.
Origin of exponentClassical Latin exponens, present participle of exponere: see expound
- a person who sets forth, expounds, or promotes principles, methods, etc.
- a person or thing that is an example or symbol (of something); representative
- Algebra a small figure or symbol placed above and at the right of another figure or symbol to show how many times the latter is to be used as a factor (Ex.: b = b × b × b): zero, negative, and fractional exponents have special rules (Ex.: a = 1, a = 1/a, a = )
- One that expounds or interprets.
- One that speaks for, represents, or advocates: Our senator is an exponent of free trade.
- Abbr. exp Mathematics A number or symbol, as 3 in (x + y)3, placed to the right of and above another number, symbol, or expression, denoting the power to which that number, symbol, or expression is to be raised. Also called power.
Origin of exponentLatin expōnēns, expōnent-, present participle of expōnere, to expound; see expound.
exponent - Computer Definition
The number written above the line and to the right of a number that indicates the power of a number. For example, 14 to the 4th power is actually 14 multiplied by itself four times. Sometimes, the exponent naturally indicates the number of zeros. For example, 10 to the 3rd power reflects three zeros. The number 467,000 can be stated as 467 x 10 to the 3rd. On a screen or printout, that number is expressed as 467E3. See floating point.