# quotient

[kwoh-shuh nt] /ˈkwoʊ ʃənt/
noun, Mathematics.
1.
the result of division; the number of times one quantity is contained in another.
Origin of quotient
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English quocient, quociens < Latin quotiēns (adv.) how many times
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Historical Examples
• The rule is—Divide the total weight by the loss of weight in water; the quotient is the specific gravity.

Arnold Cooley
• The quotient multiplied by 100 will give the per cent of shrinkage.

William H. Dooley
• Upon completion of the division, the quotient is in the In-Out Register.

Digital Equipment Corporation
• The final remainder is the one to be written down with the quotient.

Maria Montessori
• How does this quotient, or ratio, compare with that found in part (C)?

Thomas M. St. John
• If we massed the ten cases together, the quotient would be 28.

Frederic William Maitland
• Halving five we express the remainder by entering one of these curves, and carry the quotient, two, to the degree mark place.

• Check your result by multiplying the quotient by the divisor.

Edward L. Thorndike
• The number to be divided is the dividend, the number which divides is the divisor, and the result of the division is the quotient.

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## quotient

/ˈkwəʊʃənt/
noun
1.
1. the result of the division of one number or quantity by another
2. the integral part of the result of division
2.
a ratio of two numbers or quantities to be divided
Word Origin
C15: from Latin quotiens how often
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Word Origin and History for quotient
n.

"number of times one quantity is contained in another," mid-15c., from Latin quotiens "how often? how many times?; as often as," pronomial adverb of time, from quot "how many?" (see quote (v.)). The Latin adverb quotiens was mistaken in Middle English for a present participle in -ens.

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quotient in Medicine

quotient quo·tient (kwō'shənt)
n.
The number obtained by dividing one quantity by another.

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quotient in Science
 quotient   (kwō'shənt)    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 in Technology

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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