noun ex·po·nent \ik-ˈspō-nənt, ˈek-ˌ\

: someone who supports a particular cause, belief, etc.

: someone who is known for a particular method, style, etc.

mathematics : a symbol that is written above and to the right of a number to show how many times the number is to be multiplied by itself

Full Definition of EXPONENT

:  a symbol written above and to the right of a mathematical expression to indicate the operation of raising to a power
a :  one that expounds or interprets
b :  one that champions, practices, or exemplifies

Examples of EXPONENT

  1. She has become one of America's foremost exponents of the romantic style in interior design.
  2. The exponent 3 in 103 indicates 10 x 10 x 10.

Origin of EXPONENT

Latin exponent-, exponens, present participle of exponere — more at expose
First Known Use: 1706

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

Rhymes with EXPONENT


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