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## exponent |

3 definitions found From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]: Exponent \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.] From WordNet r 1.6 [wn]: exponent n 1: a person who pleads for a cause or idea [syn: {advocate}, {proponent}] 2: a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself [syn: {power}, {index}] From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (13 Mar 01) [foldoc]: exponent(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. (1995-02-27)

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