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‘the social security budget was rising at an exponential rate’
‘This led to an exponential increase in the number of troops based in the area.’
‘Human civilisation has developed at an exponential rate since the renaissance, during a time when the environment has been in a relatively benign state.’
‘Now, with exponential increases in information, we can't possibly provide students with all they will need to know.’
‘The amount of information on the internet is increasing 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.’
‘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.’
‘Finally, the volume and flow of potentially relevant information has increased seemingly at an exponential rate.’
‘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.’
‘As technology increases at an exponential pace, I think the average citizen is embracing it at a much slower rate.’
‘Right now the chip-music scene is growing at an exponential rate.’
‘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.’
‘The growth of skateboarding continues to increase 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.’
‘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.’
‘Species have a tendency to increase in size over generations at an exponential rate.’
‘Right now, the growth looks exponential, but increasing competition may yet dampen it down.’
‘Notwithstanding that these growth rates are not precisely exponential, in all cases they are clearly not linear.’
‘While my environmental knowledge is limited, I am learning at an exponential rate.’
‘Well, unfortunately the models produce linear warming with exponential increases in carbon dioxide.’
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.’
‘The distributions become approximately exponential when the curve shown here asymptotes.’
‘Napier also found exponential expressions for trigonometric functions, and introduced the decimal notation for fractions.’
‘The dashed curve is an exponential distribution with a mean equal to the average effect of a fixed mutation in the simulation.’
‘Just as the forward function resembles the exponential curve, the inverse function appears similar to the logarithm.’
Origin
Early 18th century: from French exponentiel, from Latin exponere ‘put out’ (see expound).