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Meaning of EXPONENT

Pronunciation:  ik'spownunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself
  2. [n]  someone who expounds and interprets or explains
  3. [n]  a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea

EXPONENT is a 8 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: advocate, advocator, index, power, proponent
 See Also: admirer, apologist, booster, champion, constitutionalist, Darwinian, degree, democrat, federalist, friend, gnostic, human, humanist, ideologist, ideologue, individual, intellect, intellectual, internationalist, interpreter, irredentist, irridentist, isolationist, Jansenist, justifier, log, logarithm, Maoist, Marxist, mathematical notation, mortal, nationalist, neoclassicist, neutralist, nullifier, partisan, partitionist, person, Platonist, populist, presenter, pro-lifer, protagonist, protectionist, representative, republican, ritualist, ruralist, secessionist, secularist, separatist, somebody, someone, soul, spokesperson, sponsor, suffragist, supporter, supremacist, teleologist, Thatcherite, unilateralist, vindicator, voice, zealot



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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

(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.

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