quo·​tient | \ ˈkwō-shənt How to pronounce quotient (audio) \

Definition of quotient

1 : the number resulting from the division of one number by another
2 : the numerical ratio usually multiplied by 100 between a test score and a standard value
3 : quota, share
4 : the magnitude of a specified characteristic or quality the celebrity's likability quotient is high

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At every price point, new GPU buyers can expect a solid bang-for-buck quotient between the $349 AMD Radeon RX 5700 and the $499 Nvidia RTX 2070 Super. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia RTX 2080 Super hands-on: The result when AMD is out of striking distance," 23 July 2019 But that quotient of potential truthfully applies to the spritz. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "How to Upgrade Your Spritz This Summer," 22 July 2019 That's despite what plays like a pretty significant ratcheting up of the violence quotient, which, even with the kids maturing, doesn't make those scenes any less unpleasant. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Stranger Things' tackles teen troubles in third season," 3 July 2019 The music is acoustic, with the country quotient increased, but this time appealingly varied—with fiddles and banjo, pedal steel and piano, horns and even, on several numbers, a small string ensemble, as appropriate. Barry Mazor, WSJ, "‘What It Is’ by Hayes Carll Review: A New Direction, Yet Again," 12 Feb. 2019 Nor does the wonkiness quotient diminish as one examines the operational history of the ESOP movement. John Case, The New Republic, "An Economy in Waiting," 8 July 2019 Developers Case Swenson and Chris Neale are also going to ham it up for the crowd, and comedian Will Durst will amp up the humor quotient. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "San Jose’s iconic Dancing Pig sign restored to neon glory," 22 June 2019 Porsche also has heightened the technology quotient, adding various active dynamic systems. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 Uber had a perfectly good thing going with ride-sharing, but felt the need to boost its gee-whiz quotient by becoming an autonomous-vehicle pioneer. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Self-Driving Car Returns to Earth," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of quotient

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quotient

Middle English quocient, modification of Latin quotiens how many times, from quot how many

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English Language Learners Definition of quotient

mathematics : the number that results when one number is divided by another
: the degree to which a specific quality or characteristic exists


quo·​tient | \ ˈkwō-shənt How to pronounce quotient (audio) \

Kids Definition of quotient

: the number obtained by dividing one number by another Dividing 10 by 5 gives a quotient of 2.


quo·​tient | \ ˈkwō-shənt How to pronounce quotient (audio) \

Medical Definition of quotient

: the numerical ratio usually multiplied by 100 between a test score and a measurement on which that score might be expected largely to depend

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