I’m attempting to stick to good internet form here and combine the extra 3freewords into a single post; the better to not flood the inboxes of my loyal and tolerant followers. And there are two bonus words on the 3freewordsaday Facebook page instead of the usual one.
Oft heard (and spoken) but rarely used literally, exponential is another word–like tangential–that has entered the mainstream voice from a mathematical field of study. Recall calculus from an earlier post.
Exponential defined: Relating to a mathematical expression containing one or more exponents. Something is said to increase or decrease exponentially if its rate of change must be expressed using exponents. A graph of such a rate would appear not as a straight line, but as a curve that continually becomes steeper or shallower.–The Free Dictionary.com/The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Exponential refers to a large number in smaller terms, or something that is increasing at a faster and faster rate.
An example of exponential is 25 being shown as 5×5. An example of exponential is the erosion that is happening on the Holderness coast in eastern England.–Your Dictionary.com
- <the butter should evenly overspread the baking pan>
- <autumn leaves overspreading one another on the lawn to form a colorful mosaic>--Merriam-Webster.com
1. (intensifier; usually qualifying a word used metaphorically) he’s a veritable swine!