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coefficientnoun [C]

uk   /ˌkəʊ.ɪˈfɪʃ.ənt/  us   /ˌkoʊ-/ specialized
a ​value, in ​mathematics, that ​appears in ​front of and ​multiplies another ​value: In 2x + 4y = 7, 2 is the coefficient of x.
(Definition of coefficient from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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coefficientnoun [C]

 us   /ˌkoʊ·ɪˈfɪʃ·ənt/
mathematics a ​number or ​symbol that is written in ​front of and ​multiplies another ​number or ​symbol chemistry A coefficient is also a ​number that is used to ​measure the characteristics of a ​substance.coefficient of friction physics The coefficient of ​friction is a ​measure of how ​easily one ​objectslidesacross the ​surface of another, ​calculated by the ​force that is being used and the ​amount of ​friction.
(Definition of coefficient from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"coefficient" in Business English

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coefficientnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌkəʊɪˈfɪʃənt/
in mathematics, a ​value that appears in ​front of and ​multiplies another ​value: In 2x + 4y = 7, 2 is the coefficient of x.
a ​number or a ​method of ​calculating a ​number that ​measures the characteristics of a ​process, ​event, ​material, etc.: The ​calculation is ​based on a ​measure of ​inequality in ​disposableincome called the Gini coefficient. The coefficient of ​diversificationmeasures the extent to which a ​stockportfolio has been ​diversified.
(Definition of coefficient from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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