# to the

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary

## English[edit]

### Phrase[edit]

- (mathematics)
*Short for*to the ... power, or to the (power of ) ...*Two***to the**fourth equals sixteen.- =
*Two***to the**fourth power equals sixteen. - =
*Two***to the**four equals sixteen. - = (
*Two to the power of four equals sixteen.*)

- =
*Ten*(10,000)**to the**fourth- =
*Ten***to the**four

- =
*Ten*(1/10,000)**to the**minus four*Ten*(1)**to the**zero

- (slang) used in rap songs between the letters of a word being spelled
*J to the L-O*

#### Usage notes[edit]

- Use with ordinal numbers (first, tenth, hundredth) is somewhat more common and formal for positive integers.
- For negative, zero, or fractional powers, the ordinal form
*(minus tenth, zeroth, halfth*) is rare or non-existent without the word "power". - The use with cardinal numbers (one, ten, one hundred, zero, minus ten) is common in Mathematics and Computing and is almost always used for numbers other than positive integers.
- Formal usage with ordinals normally includes the word "power" for clarity, and the alternative form
**to the power of**is preferred for powers that are not positive integers.