Definition of exponent
1 : a symbol written above and to the right of a mathematical expression to indicate the operation of raising to a power
2a : one that expounds or interpretsb : one that champions, practices, or exemplifies
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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
This analysis vindicates Schmitt as the truest exponent of right-wing thinking.
An exponent of the experimental brand of liquid funk drum & bass, Kaye founded the Soul:R, Revolve:R and Birdie labels, and was active as a DJ, producer, and touring artist from 1991 until his death.
A man who had been considered a hawk early in his career became a notable exponent of soft power, of strategic patience, of thinking ten moves ahead.
What’s interesting is the size of the exponent, which is greater than one.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of exponent
Latin exponent-, exponens, present participle of exponere — more at expose
First Known Use: 1734
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
EXPONENT Defined for Kids
Definition of exponent for Students
: a numeral written above and to the right of a number to show how many times the number is to be used as a factor The exponent 3 in 103 indicates 10 × 10 × 10.
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