nth power

nth

[enth]
adjective
1.
being the last in a series of infinitely decreasing or increasing values, amounts, etc.
2.
(of an item in a series of occurrences, planned events, things used, etc., that is thought of as being infinitely large) being the latest, or most recent: This is the nth time I've told you to eat slowly.
Idioms
3.
the nth degree/power,
a.
a high degree or power.
b.
the utmost degree or extent: The new hotel was luxurious to the nth degree.

Origin:
1850–55; N (symbol, def. 5) + -th2

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nth (ɛnθ)
 
adj
1.  maths of or representing an unspecified ordinal number, usually the greatest in a series of values: the nth power
2.  informal being the last, most recent, or most extreme of a long series: for the nth time, eat your lunch!
3.  informal to the nth degree to the utmost extreme; as much as possible

Nth
 
abbreviation for
North

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nth
1852, in phrase to the nth, figurative use of a mathematical term indicating indefinite number, in which n is an abbreviation for number.
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