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order of magnitude

[′ȯrd·ər əv ′mag·nə‚tüd]
(chemistry)

order of magnitude

A change in quantity or volume as measured by the decimal point. For example, from tens to hundreds is one order of magnitude. Tens to thousands is two orders of magnitude; tens to millions is three orders of magnitude, etc.
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Despite uncertainties in the precise values of resonance parameters, the theory of how to model neutron resonance reactions is well enough established to allow us to estimate the order of magnitude of these contributions.
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between 100 to 1000 s, the stabilized system performs better by at least one order of magnitude. Near the minimum values around 30 fT are obtained which is sufficient for the EDM experiment.
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