## power (mathematics)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." ## Related category• MATHEMATICAL TERMINOLOGY | |||||

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