common ratio

noun

Definition of common ratio

: the ratio of each term of a geometric progression to the term preceding it

Examples of common ratio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the length of the base of the lower triangle (at the right) is 1 unit and the base of the large triangle is P units, then the common ratio of the two different sides is P. Quanta Magazine, 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of common ratio

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of common ratio was circa 1771

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“Common ratio.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/common%20ratio. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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