order of magnitude

noun phrase

Definition of order of magnitude

: a range of magnitude extending from some value to ten times that value

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1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Order of magnitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/order%20of%20magnitude. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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: a range of numbers or sizes that goes from a particular number or size to 10 times larger or 10 times smaller

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