# more coefficient

## coefficient

[koh-uh-fish-uhnt]
noun
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.

Origin:
1655–65; < Neo-Latin coefficient- (stem of coefficiēns). See co-, efficient

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To more coefficient
Collins
World English Dictionary
 coefficient (ˌkəʊɪˈfɪʃənt) —n 1. maths a.  a numerical or constant factor in an algebraic term: the coefficient of the term 3xyz is 3 b.  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 [C17: from New Latin coefficiēns, from Latin co- together + efficere to effect]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

coefficient
1660s, from co- + efficient, probably influenced by Mod.L. coefficiens, used in mathematics 16c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
 coefficient   (kō'ə-fĭsh'ənt)  Pronunciation Key  A number or symbol multiplied with a variable or an unknown quantity in an algebraic term. For example, 4 is the coefficient in the term 4x, and x is the coefficient in x(a + b). A numerical measure of a physical or chemical property that is constant for a system under specified conditions. The speed of light in a vacuum, for example, is a constant.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary