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[koh-uh-fish-uh nt]
/ˌkoʊ əˈfɪʃ ənt/

1.

Mathematics. a number or quantity placed (generally) before and multiplying another quantity, as 3 in the expression 3x.

2.

Physics. a number that is constant for a given substance, body, or process under certain specified conditions, serving as a measure of one of its properties:

coefficient of friction.

3.

acting in consort; cooperating.

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Examples for coefficient

- It would be interesting to see the
*coefficient*of correlation over the last chunk of time. - No medium has a higher
*coefficient*of trustworthiness than any other. - The inbreeding
*coefficient*is a measure of relatedness between two individuals. - And this website explains how to measure drag
*coefficient*without a wind tunnel. - The questionable value is the
*coefficient*of air resistance. - It's the vulnerability to loss that is the
*coefficient*of the depth of feeling. - The resistance that occurs depends on a value called the
*coefficient*of friction. - Stickiness is similar to friction in physics, but there is no
*coefficient*of stickiness. - But then the
*coefficient*is an attempt to sum up all income differences in a single number. - Film
*coefficient*values for different multiples of nominal water velocity.

British Dictionary definitions for coefficient

/ˌkəʊɪˈfɪʃənt/

noun

1.

(maths)

- a numerical or constant factor in an algebraic term the coefficient of the term 3xyz is 3
- the product of all the factors of a term excluding one or more specified variables the coefficient of x in 3axyz is 3ayz

2.

(physics) a value that relates one physical quantity to another

Word Origin

C17: from New Latin coefficiēns, from Latin co- together + efficere to effect

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Word Origin and History for coefficient

coefficient

1660s, from co- + efficient, probably influenced by Mod.L. coefficiens, used in mathematics 16c.

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coefficient in Medicine

**coefficient** co·ef·fi·cient (kō'ə-fĭsh'ənt)*n.*

The mathematical expression of the amount or degree of any quality possessed by a substance, or of the degree of physical or chemical change normally occurring in that substance under stated conditions.

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coefficient in Science

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