logarithmic function

noun

: a function (such as y = loga x or y = ln x) that is the inverse of an exponential function (such as y = ax or y = ex) so that the independent variable appears in a logarithm

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Prandtl and von Kármán also discovered that the inertial layer’s mean velocity was a logarithmic function of the distance from the boundary. Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, 8 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of logarithmic function was in 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Logarithmic function.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logarithmic%20function. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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