Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The number obtained by dividing one quantity by another. In 45 ÷ 3 = 15, 15 is the quotient.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The number resulting from the division of one number by another.
  • n. By analogy, the result of any process that is the inverse of multiplication as defined for any mathematical entities other than numbers.
  • n. A quotum or quota.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The number resulting from the division of one number by another, and showing how often a less number is contained in a greater.
  • n. The result of any process inverse to multiplication. See the Note under Multiplication.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mathematics, the result of the process of division; the number of times one quantity or number is contained in another. See division, 2.
  • n. In geometry, if b and c are any two sects, there is always one and only one sect a such that c = ab: this sect a is designated by the notation , and is called the quotient of c by b.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the ratio of two quantities to be divided
  • n. the number obtained by division

Etymologies

Middle English quocient, from Latin quotiēns, quotient-, how many times, from quot, how many; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin quotiens, from quoties (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I've been sick for about a week now, so my silly quotient is way down low.

    Everyone needs a regular dosis of silliness

  • Out at the end of the Portland lines – Gresham, Hillsboro, Clackamas (well, in September anyway) – the Birkenstock and granola quotient is probably comparable to other American suburbs.

    Matthew Yglesias » Transit in St. Louis

  • For example, Romeo and Juliet would be a pretty good play if you just replaced the title characters with ninjas, so the ninja quotient is two ... oh, wait.

    he's everything inside of you that you wish you could be.

  • Says Levine, "As much money as you spend on these affairs, they only work if the celebrity quotient is there."

    Ad Track: Star wranglers are the secret behind hot parties

  • The talent quotient is higher than at the auditions, but the freak-show quotient is lower, which, unfortunately, no doubt explains the usual dip in the ratings.

    Critic's Corner Tuesday

  • This frumpy quotient is not related so much to how I teach or how I dress; although, I suppose those are factors.

    Summer School

  • The fear quotient is way out of line, and there's no apparent reason for it.

    All those liars for Jesus

  • MATALIN: Well, this is that empathy quotient is code word for just prudential social engineering that's what conservatives and a lot of independents think is the province of the legislative branch.

    CNN Transcript May 1, 2009

  • Except for taxis, the passhole quotient is fairly low.

    Driving

  • He compares the cussword quotient to that of the far more foulmouthed "Private Ryan," and notes that in 1940 Hispanics made up just 1.4 percent of the U.S. population — though he doesn't note that an estimated half a million fought in the war.

    War and Remembrance

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