exponential growth

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exponential growth

[‚ek·spə′nen·chəl ′grōth]
(microbiology)
The period of bacterial growth during which cells divide at a constant rate. Also known as logarithmic growth.
(science and technology)
The increase of a quantity x with time t according to the equation x = Ka t , where K and a are constants, a is greater than 1, and K is greater than 0.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

exponential growth

change in a variable (e.g. population – see MALTHUS) where the increase is geometric, i.e. at an increasing ratio.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000

exponential growth

Extremely fast growth. On a chart, the line curves up rather than being straight. Contrast with linear. See rice and chessboard legend.
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The amount of time it takes an ordinary computer to find prime factors of a number grows exponentially with that number's number of digits.
The consumption per microprocessor increases while the number of microprocessors in use grows exponentially. As heat increases, reliability of computing equipment decreases.
This is troubling for all companies but most potentially frightening to high-tech businesses, whose rapidly evolving business models add operational complexity that grows exponentially. The result is uncharted territory: complex combinations of service, product, license and subscription contracts ("multi-element" contracts), and the very real requirement to manage revenue generated by multiple sources over differing contract component cycles.
"This is a clear-cut case where the dominant player grows exponentially stronger with the addition of select talent.