|2.||a person or thing that explains or interprets|
|3.||a performer or interpretive artist, esp a musician|
|4.||maths power, Also called: index a number or variable placed as a superscript to the right of another number or quantity indicating the number of times the number or quantity is to be multiplied by itself|
|5.||offering a declaration, explanation, or interpretation|
|[C16: from Latin expōnere to set out, expound, from pōnere to set, place]|
|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 53 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.