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coefficient

Line breaks: co|ef¦fi¦cient
Pronunciation: /ˌkəʊɪˈfɪʃ(ə)nt
 
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Definition of coefficient in English:

noun

1 Mathematics A numerical or constant quantity placed before and multiplying the variable in an algebraic expression (e.g. 4 in 4xy).
Example sentences
  • He extended the applications of the operational method to linear ordinary differential equations with variable coefficients.
  • The problem was to find the roots by adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and taking roots of expressions in the coefficients.
  • Hermite had posed the problem of finding the minimal values of quadratic forms in n variables whose coefficients were real.
2 Physics A multiplier or factor that measures a particular property: the drag coefficient
More example sentences
  • The drag coefficient combines several ballistic properties of typical projectiles.
  • This measure of a material's elasticity is called its coefficient of restitution.
  • The shading coefficient is the measure of solar heat gain through the window.

Origin

mid 17th century (in the sense 'cooperating to produce a result'): from modern Latin coefficient-, from com- 'together' + efficient- 'accomplishing' (see efficient).

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