exponential function

noun

Definition of exponential function 

: a mathematical function in which an independent variable appears in one of the exponents

called also exponential

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Like logarithms, or the zero, or exponential functions. Kevin Hartnett, Scientific American, "The Hidden Depth in Math’s Simple Puzzles," 17 Jan. 2018 The rate of change of the exponential function f(x)=ex is equal to the value of the function itself. Lorenzo Sadun, Slate Magazine, "Finding Pi Outside of the Circumference," 14 Mar. 2017

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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