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English noun: order of magnitude

1. order of magnitude (attribute) a degree in a continuum of size or quantity

SamplesIt was on the order of a mile.
An explosion of a low order of magnitude.


Broader (hypernym)magnitude

2. order of magnitude a number assigned to the ratio of two quantities; two quantities are of the same order of magnitude if one is less than 10 times as large as the other; the number of magnitudes that the quantities differ is specified to within a power of 10


Broader (hypernym)ratio

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