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## co·ef·fi·cient

(kō′ə-fĭsh′ənt)*n.*

**1.**A number or symbol multiplied with a variable or an unknown quantity in an algebraic term, as 4 in the term 4

*x,*or

*x*in the term

*x*(

*a*+

*b*).

**2.**A numerical measure of a physical or chemical property that is constant for a system under specified conditions, such as the coefficient of friction.

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## coefficient

(ˌkəʊɪˈfɪʃənt)*n*

**1.**(Mathematics)

*maths*

**a.**a numerical or constant factor in an algebraic term: the coefficient of the term 3xyz is 3.

**b.**the product of all the factors of a term excluding one or more specified variables: the coefficient of x in 3axyz is 3ayz.

**2.**(General Physics)

*physics*a value that relates one physical quantity to another

[C17: from New Latin

*coefficiēns,*from Latin*co-*together +*efficere*to effect]Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

## co•ef•fi•cient

(ˌkoʊ əˈfɪʃ ənt)*n.*

**1.**a number or quantity placed generally before and multiplying another quantity, as

*3*in the expression 3x.

**2.**

*Physics.*a constant that is a measure of a property of a substance, body, or process: coefficient of friction.

*adj.*

**3.**acting in consort; cooperating.

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## co·ef·fi·cient

(kō′ə-fĭsh′ənt) A number or symbol multiplied with a variable or an unknown quantity in an algebraic term. For example, 4 is the coefficient in the term 4

*x*, and*x*is the coefficient in*x*(*a*+*b*).The American Heritage® Student Science Dictionary, Second Edition. Copyright © 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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Noun | 1. | coefficient - a constant number that serves as a measure of some property or characteristicconstant - a number representing a quantity assumed to have a fixed value in a specified mathematical context; "the velocity of light is a constant" absorptance, absorption coefficient, coefficient of absorption - a measure of the rate of decrease in the intensity of electromagnetic radiation (as light) as it passes through a given substance; the fraction of incident radiant energy absorbed per unit mass or thickness of an absorber; "absorptance equals 1 minus transmittance" coefficient of drag, drag coefficient - the ratio of the drag on a body moving through air to the product of the velocity and the surface area of the body coefficient of friction - the ratio of the weight of an object being moved along a surface and the force that maintains contact between the object and the surface coefficient of mutual induction, mutual inductance - a measure of the induction between two circuits; the ratio of the electromotive force in a circuit to the corresponding change of current in a neighboring circuit; usually measured in henries coefficient of self induction, self-inductance - the ratio of the electromotive force produced in a circuit by self-induction to the rate of change of current producing it, expressed in henries modulus - (physics) a coefficient that expresses how much of a specified property is possessed by a specified substance coefficient of expansion, expansivity - the fractional change in length or area or volume per unit change in temperature at a given constant pressure coefficient of reflection, reflectance, reflection factor, reflectivity - the fraction of radiant energy that is reflected from a surface transmittance, transmission - the fraction of radiant energy that passes through a substance absolute viscosity, coefficient of viscosity, dynamic viscosity - a measure of the resistance to flow of a fluid under an applied force |

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Translations

**koeficient**

**součinitel**

**koefficient**

**kerroin**

**myötävaikuttava**

**együttható**

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## coefficient

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## co·ef·fi·cient

*n.*coeficiente, indicación de cambios físicos o químicos producidos por variantes de ciertos factores.

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