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# exponential

## Definitions

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

• adj. Of or relating to an exponent.
• adj. Mathematics Containing, involving, or expressed as an exponent.
• adj. Mathematics Expressed in terms of a designated power of e, the base of natural logarithms.

• adj. Relating to an exponent.
• adj. Expressed in terms of a power of e.
• adj. In modern English, used to describe a high or rapid rate of change.
• n. Any function that has an exponent as an independent variable.

### from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

• adj. Pertaining to exponents; involving variable exponents
• adj. changing over time in an exponential manner, i. e. increasing or decreasing by a fixed ratio for each unit of time.

### from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

• Of or pertaining to an exponent or exponents; involving variable exponents.
• n. The function expressed by the infinite series 1 + x + ½x + ⅙x +, etc., or the Napierian base raised to the power indicated by the variable. Thus, ex = exp. x is the exponential of x.

• adj. of or involving exponents
• n. a function in which an independent variable appears as an exponent

## Etymologies

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• Now *there's* a thought....

July 8, 2007

• Just slip it a Mickey Finn and be a math genius! (hee hee)

July 6, 2007

• If that's the case, oroboros, my number governor is a damned tyrant. ;-)

July 6, 2007

• Gotta be designed for it or there wouldn't BE "exponential numbers". Maybe most brains have a "number governor" installed; the ones that don't are right at home with exponentials and equations like e^iπ = -1 and so on.

July 6, 2007

• There is a fundamental human difficultly in dealing with exponential numbers. The mind has evolved to understand small quantities, the integers. The rational numbers, or fractions, are probably a rather recent invention, other than perhaps, I'll take 1/4 of that Woolly Mammoth we just killed. The human brain is just not designed to deal with numbers on an exponential scale.

Take, for example, the problem of the grains of rice on the chess board. At first glance, 1, 2, 4, 8, doesn't seem like a big deal. Of course, if you do the math, 2^64 is more grains of rice than have ever existed, but intuitively, it doesn't seem to be.

July 6, 2007

• More like a curvy L... or a J, as long as it's not one of those Js that curves back up on the short side. ;-)

July 6, 2007

• I took an intro biology class where they referred to it as a "J-shaped curve", which seemed like a pointless simplification.

July 6, 2007

• what if exponentially more people understood this word?

July 5, 2007

• if more people understood this word....

March 2, 2007