# time constant

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### Noun

time constant (plural time constants)

1. (mathematics) A characteristic of an exponential function, represented by τ in the function:
${\displaystyle y(t)\ =\ y_{o}e^{-t/\tau }\ }$.
2. (physics) The time in which a physical system's response to a step-wise change in an external variable reaches approximately 63% of its final (asymptotic) value.