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ˌɛk spəˈnɛn ʃəlex·po·nen·tial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exponential, exponential functionadjective

    a function in which an independent variable appears as an exponent

  2. exponentialadjective

    of or involving exponents

    "exponential growth"


  1. Exponentialadjective

    changing over time in an exponential manner, i. e. increasing or decreasing by a fixed ratio for each unit of time; as, exponential growth; exponential decay.


  1. exponentialnoun

    Any function that has an exponent as an independent variable.

  2. exponentialadjective

    Relating to an exponent.

  3. exponentialadjective

    Expressed in terms of a power of e.

  4. exponentialadjective

    In modern English, used to describe a large quantity of an object or objects.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Exponentialadjective

    Exponential curves are such as partake both of the nature of algebraick and transcendental ones. They partake of the former, because they consist of a finite number of terms, though those terms themselves are indeterminate; and they are in some measure transcendental, because they cannot be algebraically constructed. John Harris

    Etymology: from exponent.


  1. exponential

    Exponential refers to a growth or decay at a rate which is proportionate to the current state or value. In mathematics, it typically refers to a function or an equation, in which the variable is an exponent, or the usage of a constant base raised to a power or exponent. This term can be used in various contexts to describe a rapid increase or decrease or a phenomenon that is repeatedly multiplied.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exponentialadjective

    pertaining to exponents; involving variable exponents; as, an exponential expression; exponential calculus; an exponential function

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. exponentiel.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exponential in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exponential in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of exponential in a Sentence

  1. Alex Kozlov:

    The potential goes way beyond automating repetitive tasks, but even in a contact center, the remaining humans don’t have to fear for their jobs just yet. Amelia is not replacing them right now. But it could be coming soon. Just a few short years ago, the experts at MIT were predicting we would never have a driverless car, and now Google has them on the road. The pace of change is so rapid—almost exponential—that even though Amelia is not yet really operational in too many situations, she’s learning very quickly and the landscape two years from now could be completely different.

  2. Purvi Raniga:

    Our internal peace has the ability to encounter exponential growth in life.

  3. Don Muditha Katuwawala:

    We are seeing this exponential increase of marine deaths, including dolphins, turtles. What is noticeable is the exponential increase started soon after this accident, we are seeing 30 to 40 cases reported daily.

  4. David Rubenstein:

    The exponential growth of SWFs will put them in a stronger position to seek changes from GPs.

  5. Alvaro Polo:

    Obviously it would mean an increase - an exponential increase.

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