# Definition of *exponential* in English:

## exponential^{}

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### adjective

1(of an increase) becoming more and more rapid.

*‘the social security budget was rising at an exponential rate’**‘As you'll soon learn, an exponential increase in strength and effectiveness is best met with restraint and caution, not bloodlust.’**‘Well, unfortunately the models produce linear warming with exponential increases in carbon dioxide.’**‘This led to an exponential increase in the number of troops based in the area.’**‘Now, with exponential increases in information, we can't possibly provide students with all they will need to know.’**‘We are now in a similar position with regard to biology, where we see an even sharper exponential increase in the amount of DNA sequence information to come.’**‘The amount of information on the internet is increasing at an exponential rate.’**‘Finally, the volume and flow of potentially relevant information has increased seemingly at an exponential rate.’**‘The growth of skateboarding continues to increase at an exponential rate.’**‘Species have a tendency to increase in size over generations at an exponential rate.’**‘As technology increases at an exponential pace, I think the average citizen is embracing it at a much slower rate.’**‘Right now, the growth looks exponential, but increasing competition may yet dampen it down.’**‘He has filled out considerably, seems to have aged at an exponential rate and, tonight, looks every inch the trendy uncle in his hooded top and combat trousers.’**‘Human civilisation has developed at an exponential rate since the renaissance, during a time when the environment has been in a relatively benign state.’**‘The organism has an exponential rate of evolution, and it is not long before the community is affected and the government takes over the case.’**‘Right now the chip-music scene is growing at an exponential rate.’**‘Unlike its stalling economy, soccer in Japan is in something of a boom cycle, with its stock climbing at an exponential rate in the last few years.’**‘While my environmental knowledge is limited, I am learning at an exponential rate.’**‘That said, it's fairly obvious why the machine is selling at near exponential rates.’**‘The MEPS model predicts an exponential decrease in recombination rate in relation to the level of divergence.’**‘Notwithstanding that these growth rates are not precisely exponential, in all cases they are clearly not linear.’*

2Mathematics

Of or expressed by a mathematical exponent.*‘an exponential curve’**‘Those of you familiar with the mathematics of an exponential curve will note, however, that it is one of diminishing returns.’**‘Just as the forward function resembles the exponential curve, the inverse function appears similar to the logarithm.’**‘Napier also found exponential expressions for trigonometric functions, and introduced the decimal notation for fractions.’**‘The distributions become approximately exponential when the curve shown here asymptotes.’**‘The dashed curve is an exponential distribution with a mean equal to the average effect of a fixed mutation in the simulation.’*

**Pronunciation**

**Origin**

Early 18th century from French exponentiel, from Latin exponere ‘put out’ (see expound).

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