ex·​po·​nen·​tial | \ ˌek-spə-ˈnen(t)-shəl How to pronounce exponential (audio) \

Definition of exponential

1 : of or relating to an exponent
2 : involving a variable in an exponent 10x is an exponential expression
3 : expressible or approximately expressible by an exponential function especially : characterized by or being an extremely rapid increase (as in size or extent) an exponential growth rate

Other Words from exponential

exponentially \ ˌek-​spə-​ˈnen(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce exponential (audio) \ adverb

Examples of exponential in a Sentence

The business has experienced several years of exponential growth. Prices have increased at an exponential rate. 103 is an exponential expression.
Recent Examples on the Web Numbers greater than one show a state of exponential growth while those less than one show a shrinking public health threat. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2022 Greece's renewable energy sector is thus seeing exponential growth, with a lot of potential. Rhett Power, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Reggaeton is among the sexiest genres in the world, but its exponential rise was not without contest. Katelina Eccleston, Rolling Stone, 10 Apr. 2022 When the exponential growth starts happening, TikTokers create businesses, charge for personal coaching, start a streaming career, etc. Justin Grome, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Moore, now 93 and living in Hawaii, correctly anticipated that would produce exponential growth in computing power even as costs declined. oregonlive, 11 Apr. 2022 The advent of advanced technologies such as the 5G network and the IoT is causing an exponential rise in the potential for cyberattacks. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, the exponential rise in billionaires’ wealth this year means 10 of the richest men in the world have doubled their net worths. Amiah Taylor, Fortune, 19 Jan. 2022 The restrictions were clearly a response to the exponential rise in coronavirus cases in Italy. Nicole Winfield, chicagotribune.com, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of exponential

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of exponential was in 1704

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11 May 2022

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“Exponential.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exponential. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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ex·​po·​nen·​tial | \ ˌek-spə-ˈnen-chəl How to pronounce exponential (audio) \

Medical Definition of exponential

: expressible or approximately expressible by an exponential function an exponential growth rate

Other Words from exponential

exponentially \ -​ˈnench-​(ə-​)lē How to pronounce exponential (audio) \ adverb

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