# power (mathematics)

'Power' is a word that is almost never used in its correct, original sense any more.
Strictly speaking, if we write 8 = 2^{3}, then 2 is the base,
3 is the exponent, and 8 is the power.
But almost everyone, including most mathematicians, would say that 3 is
the power, and that ''power' and 'exponent' mean the same thing. The misuse
has probably come about from a misunderstanding of statements such "eight
is the third power of two."