# quotient

## quotient

[kwoh-shuhnt]
noun Mathematics.
the result of division; the number of times one quantity is contained in another.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English quocient, quociens < Latin quotiēns (adv.) how many times

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 quotient (ˈkwəʊʃənt) —n 1. a.  the result of the division of one number or quantity by another b.  the integral part of the result of division 2. a ratio of two numbers or quantities to be divided [C15: from Latin quotiens how often]

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quotient
c.1430, from L. quotiens "how many times," from quot "how many," related to quis "who." The Latin adverb quotiens was mistaken in M.E. for a present participle in -ens.
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quotient quo·tient (kwō'shənt)
n.
The number obtained by dividing one quantity by another.

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 quotient   (kwō'shənt)  Pronunciation Key  The number that results when one number is divided by another. If 6 is divided by 3, the quotient can be represented as 2, or as 6 ÷ 3, or as the fraction 6/3 .
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### quotient definition

The number obtained by dividing one number (the "numerator") by another (the "denominator"). If both numbers are rational then the result will also be rational.

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Example sentences
The book's large format and empty-feeling spreads enhance the creepiness
quotient.
Tests showed that the boy had an intelligence quotient of 185.
His prose is clear and has a refreshingly low psychobabble quotient, and the
tone is upbeat.
The flash quotient was about a 3 on a scale of 1 to 10.
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