exponent (ěk'spō'nənt, ĭk-spō'nənt) Pronunciation Key
A number or symbol, placed above and to the right of the expression to which it applies, that indicates the number of times the expression is used as a factor. For example, the exponent 3 in 5^{3} indicates 5 × 5 × 5; the exponent x in (a + b)^{x} indicates (a + b) multiplied by itself x times. |
A number placed above and to the right of another number to show that it has been raised to a power. For example, 32 indicates that 3 has been raised to a power of 2, or multiplied by itself; 32 is equal to 9.