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[ik-spoh-nuh nt, ek-spoh-nuh nt]
/ɪkˈspoʊ nənt, ˈɛk spoʊ nənt/

1.

a person or thing that expounds, explains, or interprets:

an exponent of modern theory in the arts.

2.

a person or thing that is a representative, advocate, type, or symbol of something:

Lincoln is an exponent of American democracy.

3.

Mathematics. a symbol or number placed above and after another symbol or number to denote the power to which the latter is to be raised:

The exponents of the quantities x^{n}, 2^{m}, y^{ 4 }, and 3^{ 5 } are, respectively, n, m, 4, and 5.

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Examples for exponents

- It has stayed in the theatre and has deprived it, in later
*exponents*, of a logical completeness of idea. - Half the floor space in the country was then turned over to dancing, and highly paid
*exponents*sprang up everywhere. - For its
*exponents*, this is a paternalism for the times. - Gun-control
*exponents*argue that banning the handgun alone will reduce crime and not interfere with the pleasures of sportsmen. - Not that professional historians necessarily make the best
*exponents*of current affairs. - For years its
*exponents*had been talking their heads off to the local and foreign press. - Notice, however, that prefixes are used to avoid
*exponents*. - Extending the properties of whole-number
*exponents*leads to new and productive notation. - Four problems have complete work with
*exponents*of two. - Solve basic mathematical problems involving logarithms and
*exponents*.

British Dictionary definitions for exponents

/ɪkˈspəʊnənt/

noun

1.

(usually foll by of) a person or thing that acts as an advocate (of an idea, cause, etc)

2.

a person or thing that explains or interprets

3.

a performer or interpretive artist, esp a musician

4.

(maths) Also called power, 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

adjective

5.

offering a declaration, explanation, or interpretation

Word Origin

C16: from Latin expōnere to set out, expound, from pōnere to set, place

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Word Origin and History for exponents

exponent

1706, from L. exponentem, prp. of exponere "put forth" (see expound). A mathematical term at first; the sense of "one who expounds" is 1812.

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exponents in Science

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exponents in Culture

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.

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