What does the word exponent mean?

Usage examples for exponent

  1. Where the hopefulness of the others was intermittent his was constant; his knowledge of the English situation generally, as well as of the lie of forces in the Markborough district, was greater than theirs; and his ability as a writer made him their natural exponent. – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  2. But they all united in the ultimate essential, and this was put by a great exponent of the best known school of etiquette, the Ogasawara, in the following terms: " The end of all etiquette is to so cultivate your mind that even when you are quietly seated, not the roughest ruffian can dare make onset on your person." – Bushido, the Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobé
  3. Beauty itself is but one of the forms of truth, and nature is our finite exponent of infinite truth. – Peg Woffington by Charles Reade