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Examples of exponent in a Sentence
She has become one of America's foremost exponents of the romantic style in interior design.
The exponent 3 in 10₃ indicates 10 x 10 x 10.
Recent Examples of exponent from the Web
The man is an exponent of lunacy, his faith unlikely to be shaken by anything that happens in Venezuela or was written in Philadelphia.
Allen came to the work of de Beer by way of Bill Mahaney, a professor emeritus at York University in Toronto and an outspoken exponent of the Traversette.
Ed Sheeran’s five-times platinum Divide (Warner) slips 2-3 while Florida metal exponents Trivium snag a fifth top 10 on the national album survey with The Sin And The Sentence (Roadrunner/Warner), their eighth album, which is new at No.
Like the poster artist Victor Moscoso and the multimedia group USCO, Mr. Arnold, who during the late 1960s designed handbills for rock bands and programmed midnight shows at an old San Francisco movie-house, was an exponent of hippie modernism.
There’s no sense in writing off a vast, rewarding, uniquely American art form because of its worst exponents.
Even more confounding is the absence of Schumann’s solo works from one of his Piano Concerto’s greatest exponents.
Korchak is taking his place as perhaps the leading contemporary exponent of the demanding title part.
Back in the 1600s, Fermat was trying to figure out if the equation would work out for exponents greater than 2.
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Did You Know?
You probably won't be surprised to learn that "exponent" shares an ancestor with "proponent" - and indeed, the Latin ponere ("to put") is at the root of both terms. "Exponent" descends from "exponere" ("to explain" or "to set forth"), which joins "ponere" with "ex-" ("out"). "Proponent" traces to "proponere" ("to display" or "to declare"), from "ponere" and "pro-" ("before"). "Proponent" can describe someone who offers a proposal (it's related to "propose," which also ultimately comes from "proponere"), but today it usually means "one who argues in favor of something." "Exponent" can also refer to someone who is an advocate, but it tends to refer especially to someone who stands out as a shining representative of something, and in addition it has retained its earlier meaning of "one who expounds."
Synonymsadvocate, advocator, apostle, backer, booster, champion, expounder, espouser, friend, gospeler (or gospeller), herald, hierophant, high priest, paladin, promoter, proponent, protagonist, supporter, true believer, tub-thumper, white knight
Antonymsadversary, antagonist, opponent
Related Wordsloyalist, partisan (also partizan), stalwart; adherent, cohort, disciple, follower; interpreter; applauder, cheerleader, encourager, fellow traveler
Near Antonymsenemy, foe, rival; belittler, critic, faultfinder
EXPONENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exponent for English Language Learners
: 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
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