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### Meaning of EXPONENT

 Pronunciation: ik'spownunt WordNet Dictionary Definition: [n]  a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself [n]  someone who expounds and interprets or explains [n]  a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea EXPONENT is a 8 letter word that starts with E. Synonyms: See Also: Webster's 1913 Dictionary Definition: ```\Ex*po"nent\, n. [L. exponens, -entis, p. pr. of exponere to put out, set forth, expose. See {Expound}.] 1. (Alg.) A number, letter, or any quantity written on the right hand of and above another quantity, and denoting how many times the latter is repeated as a factor to produce the power indicated; Note: thus a^{2} denotes the second power, and a^{n} the xth power, of a (2 and x being the exponents). A fractional exponent, or index, is used to denote the root of a quantity. Thus, a^{1/3} denotes the third or cube root of a. 2. One who, or that which, stands as an index or representative; as, the leader of a party is the exponent of its principles. {Exponent of a ratio}, the quotient arising when the antecedent is divided by the consequent; thus, 6 is the exponent of the ratio of 30 to 5. [R.] ``` Computing Dictionary Definition: (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. Thesaurus Terms Related Terms: abettor, admirer, advocate, aficionado, allegorist, alter ego, alternate, amicus curiae, angel, annotator, apologist, attorney, backer, backup, backup man, booster, buff, case, case in point, champion, cicerone, clarifier, commentator, critic, cross section, cryptanalyst, cryptographer, cryptologist, decoder, defender, definer, demonstration, demonstrator, demythologizer, dependence, deputy, diaskeuast, dragoman, dummy, editor, emblem, embodiment, emendator, emender, encourager, endorser, euhemerist, example, executive officer, exegesist, exegete, exegetist, exemplar, exemplification, explainer, explanation, explicator, expositor, expounder, fan, favorer, figurehead, friend at court, go-between, guide, hermeneut, illustration, instance, interpreter, lexicographer, lieutenant, locum, locum tenens, lover, Maecenas, mainstay, maintainer, metaphrast, object lesson, oneirocritic, paranymph, paraphrast, partisan, patron, pinch hitter, pleader, procurator, promoter, proponent, protagonist, proxy, relevant instance, reliance, representation, representative, scholiast, second, second in command, secondary, seconder, sectary, sider, specimen, sponsor, stalwart, standby, stand-in, substitute, support, supporter, surrogate, sustainer, symbol, sympathizer, textual critic, translator, type, typical example, typification, understudy, upholder, utility man, vicar, vicar general, vice, vicegerent, votary, well-wisher