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order of magnitude
as in:  an order-of-magnitude estimate


She gave me an order of magnitude estimate.
  a quantity within a power of 10 (such as 1 and 10, or 10 and 100, but not 9 and 100)

(if a x 10 <= b  or  b x 10 <= a  then a and b are within the same order of magnitude.)
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Two orders and three orders of magnitude are within a power of 100, and 1000 respectively.
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  • She gave me an order of magnitude estimate.
  • We want to increase safety by an order of magnitude.
  • Not only was it orders of magnitude larger, but it was so ornate that it made the other look like so much leather-bound toilet paper.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • The ratio of misery to pleasure was greater by an order of magnitude than any other mountain I’d been on; I quickly came to understand that climbing Everest was primarily about enduring pain.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air

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  • It’s another order of magnitude, sir.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • "We’re talking orders of magnitude," Tyler said.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Although picking strawberries is orders of magnitude more difficult than cooking hamburgers, both jobs are now filled by people who are generally young, unskilled, and willing to work long hours for low pay.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • And flying those things is an order of magnitude, ten orders of magnitude, easier than flying an untested, not-particularly-well-made-or-designed, experimental anti-grav space fighter.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • And flying those things is an order of magnitude, ten orders of magnitude, easier than flying an untested, not-particularly-well-made-or-designed, experimental anti-grav space fighter.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • The damage that we would take without such security is an order of magnitude greater.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die

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  • Orders of magnitude greater than one of the Constitutions.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Six orders of magnitude difference, and we have a hard time getting them to have more than five gravities of acceleration.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Not by dozens of orders of magnitude.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
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