Definitions for: Exponent


[n] a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself
[n] someone who expounds and interprets or explains
[n] a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea



Webster (1913) Definition: Ex*po"nent, n. [L. exponens, -entis, p. pr. of
exponere to put out, set forth, expose. See Expound.]
1. (Alg.) A number, letter, or any quantity written on the
right hand of and above another quantity, and denoting how
many times the latter is repeated as a factor to produce
the power indicated;

Note: thus a^2 denotes the second power, and a^n the xth
power, of a (2 and x being the exponents). A fractional
exponent, or index, is used to denote the root of a
quantity. Thus, a^1/3 denotes the third or cube root
of a.

2. One who, or that which, stands as an index or
representative; as, the leader of a party is the exponent
of its principles.

Exponent of a ratio, the quotient arising when the
antecedent is divided by the consequent; thus, 6 is the
exponent of the ratio of 30 to 5. [R.]

Synonyms: advocate, advocator, index, power, proponent

See Also: admirer, apologist, booster, champion, constitutionalist, Darwinian, degree, democrat, federalist, friend, gnostic, human, humanist, ideologist, ideologue, individual, intellect, intellectual, internationalist, interpreter, irredentist, irridentist, isolationist, Jansenist, justifier, log, logarithm, Maoist, Marxist, mathematical notation, mortal, nationalist, neoclassicist, neutralist, nullifier, partisan, partitionist, person, Platonist, populist, presenter, pro-lifer, protagonist, protectionist, representative, republican, ritualist, ruralist, secessionist, secularist, separatist, somebody, someone, soul, spokesperson, sponsor, suffragist, supporter, supremacist, teleologist, Thatcherite, unilateralist, vindicator, voice, zealot

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