logarithmic scale


: a scale on which the actual distance of a point from the scale's zero is proportional to the logarithm of the corresponding scale number rather than to the number itself compare arithmetic scale

Examples of logarithmic scale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jeremy Reimer Messaging users over time, logarithmic scale. Jeremy Reimer, Ars Technica, 29 Apr. 2024 Because decibels are measured on a logarithmic scale, that’s a halving of sound energy, easily noticeable by the human ear. Joanne Silberner, Scientific American, 16 Apr. 2024 Graphed out using a logarithmic scale, this information showed up as a downward 45 degree slope, or a minus one slope. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, 8 Nov. 2023 This scale conveys magnitude on a base-10 logarithmic scale, which is a fancy way of saying that each order of magnitude represents a 10-times increase in intensity from the last one. Sven Karabegovic, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Sep. 2023 Colors indicate, in logarithmic scale, from dark to bright, the spots more likely to be occupied by drivers on that trip. Marta González, Mit; Antonio Lima, Discover Magazine, 16 Mar. 2016 But the February 6 earthquake was a 7.8—about four times bigger on the logarithmic scale of earthquake magnitudes. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 22 Feb. 2023 Earthquake magnitudes at this size are measured in the logarithmic scale: moment magnitude. Daniel Wolfe, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2023 Although today's quake technically satisfies that prediction, the logarithmic scale used for measuring the power of earthquakes means that a magnitude-8.9 earthquake releases well over 100 times more energy than does a magnitude-7.5 quake. Patrick Morgan, Discover Magazine, 11 Mar. 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1740, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of logarithmic scale was in 1740

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“Logarithmic scale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logarithmic%20scale. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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