scientific notation

noun

Definition of scientific notation 

: a widely used floating-point system in which numbers are expressed as products consisting of a number between 1 and 10 multiplied by an appropriate power of 10 (as in 1.591 × (10)−20 or 1.591 × 10 − 20)

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The c is lower-case and italicized, as per the scientific notation for quickly light can move in a vacuum. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Grimes is changing her name to the symbol for the speed of light, encouraged by Elon Musk," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of scientific notation

1915, in the meaning defined above

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