# Definition of coefficient in English:

## coefficient

Line breaks: co|ef¦fi¦cient
Pronunciation: /ˌkəʊɪˈfɪʃ(ə)nt /

### noun

1 Mathematics A numerical or constant quantity placed before and multiplying the variable in an algebraic expression (e.g. 4 in 4xy).
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• 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
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• 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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