order of magnitude

noun phrase

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

Examples of order of magnitude in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The crystal in question, called a nanocomposite superlattice, leads to an order of magnitude improvement in the amount of power needed to write a bit, according to research reported last week in Nature Communications. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Jan. 2024 All of that has played a role in silencing global criticism of the IDF's actions even as the death toll from its war against Hamas stretches an order of magnitude beyond that of Hamas' October 7 atrocities. Wired Staff, WIRED, 28 Dec. 2023 For Cohen, who has produced concerts and broadcast shows to Angelenos for decades, the LAX contract will be his biggest audience to date by an order of magnitude, even if many of those passengers will barely notice it. August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2024 The West’s technology and resources and Ukraine’s drive to win are both still larger than Russia’s by an order of magnitude. Andriy Zagorodnyuk, Foreign Affairs, 17 Jan. 2024 The sales of seemingly every item — appliances, cars and so on — were an order of magnitude higher than before the war. Nate Cohn, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2024 The overall effect is a spatial resolution more than 100 times as fine as widely-available fMRI, and an order of magnitude beyond the detail of other 7T fMRI. IEEE Spectrum, 12 Dec. 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 The United States may be well ahead of its nearest competitors, but the top three global economies are an order of magnitude ahead of all the others. Joshua Shifrinson, Foreign Affairs, 17 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of order of magnitude was in 1875

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“Order of magnitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/order%20of%20magnitude. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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