|common logarithm See also natural logarithm Often shortened to: log the exponent indicating the power to which a fixed number, the base, must be raised to obtain a given number or variable. It is used esp to simplify multiplication and division: if ax = M, then the logarithm of M to the base a (written logaM) is x|
|[C17: from New Latin logarithmus, coined 1614 by John |
logarithm [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (lô'gə-rĭ'əm) Pronunciation Key |
The power to which a base must be raised to produce a given number. For example, if the base is 10, then the logarithm of 1,000 (written log 1,000 or log10 1,000) is 3 because 103 = 1,000. See more at common logarithm, natural logarithm.