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[kwoh-shuh nt] /ˈkwoʊ ʃənt/
noun, Mathematics
the result of division; the number of times one quantity is contained in another.
Origin of quotient
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English quocient, quociens < Latin quotiēns (adv.) how many times Unabridged
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Examples from the web for quotient
  • 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.
  • It also had a halfway decent coolness quotient.
  • Still, with its maximum quotient of action and violence, this entry should appeal to fans of the series.
  • The fact that their viewpoints do not always represent conventional wisdom boosts the interest quotient of this anthology.
  • Since he has achieved all these goals, and is a happy surgeon, his happiness quotient is high.
  • There's a nursery where the cuteness quotient can be ratcheted up and a camera to snap photos of those special moments.
  • My system of writing was to type my way through successive drafts until their ungainliness quotient declined.
British Dictionary definitions for quotient


  1. the result of the division of one number or quantity by another
  2. the integral part of the result of division
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

"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)
The number obtained by dividing one quantity by another.

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quotient in Science
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.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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