geometric progression

noun

Definition of geometric progression

: a sequence (such as 1, ¹/₂, ¹/₄) in which the ratio of a term to its predecessor is always the same

called also geometrical progression, geometric sequence

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This contrasts with a geometric progression, in which the numbers are successively multiplied by the same amount and grow exponentially. Eugenia Cheng, WSJ, "Holidays Are for Counting," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of geometric progression

circa 1856, in the meaning defined above

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