# to the

## English

### Phrase

to the

1. (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 to the fourth (10,000)
=Ten to the four
Ten to the minus four (1/10,000)
Ten to the zero (1)
2. (slang) used in rap songs between the letters of a word being spelled
J to the L-O

#### Usage notes

• 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.