# Definition of 'exponent'

noun

2.

a person or thing that explains or interprets

4. Also called : power, index mathematics

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.

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## Word origin of 'exponent'

C16: from Latin expōnere to set out, expound, from pōnere to set, placeWord Frequency

## exponent in American English (ɛkˈspoʊnənt ; ekspōnˈənt; ɪkˈspoʊnənt ; ikspōnˈənt; also, esp. for 4, ˈɛksˌpoʊnənt ; eksˈpōnˌənt)

adjective

1.

explaining, interpreting, or expounding

noun

2.

3.

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Word Frequency

## exponent in Electrical Engineering (ɛkspoʊnənt)

Word forms: (regular plural) exponents

noun

( Electrical engineering : General )

An exponent is the number indicating the power of a quantity.

It is common to encounter very small and very large numbers in electronics, and the
exponent indicates the number of decimal places to the right or left of the decimal point
in the number.

An exponent is the number of places the decimal must be moved, so where the exponent of 10 is
a positive number, move the decimal point to the right.

An exponent is the number indicating the power of a quantity.

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## Example sentences containing 'exponent'

Times, Sunday Times (2014)

He was an early exponent of investment practices that were environmentally friendly and often spoke of the energy potential in harnessing tidal movements.

Times, Sunday Times (2009)And there is no finer exponent of acute angles than the man who has won a record 60 consecutive matches on clay.

Times, Sunday Times (2006)He was an early exponent of the notion of relative poverty - defining poverty in terms of the society in which an individual lives.

Times, Sunday Times (2009)The Wasps open-side is one of the great exponents of the position.

Times, Sunday Times (2015) Times, Sunday Times (2016) Times, Sunday Times (2014)He made a virtue of shooting outdoors and in natural light, and was an early exponent of the colour photography that helped to revolutionise magazines.

Times, Sunday Times (2006)There were no finer exponents than Wasps and no individual was more adept than Dallaglio.

Times, Sunday Times (2008) Times, Sunday Times (2015)In so striving, he became one of the leading American exponents of the instrument.

Times, Sunday Times (2006) Times, Sunday Times (2016)The 2009 Lions were fine exponents.

Times, Sunday Times (2009)His Fulham Road flagship store hosted exhibitions by designers of artefacts of baroque complexity as often as it did the great exponents of minimalism.

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## Translations for 'exponent'

British English: exponent NOUN

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