# quotient

[kwoh-shuh nt]

- the result of division; the number of times one quantity is contained in another.

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## Origin of quotient^{}

1400–50; late Middle English quocient, quociens < Latin quotiēns (adv.) how many times

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## Examples from the Web for quotient

### Contemporary Examples

#### And since the WTF quotient is so very low, some see it as, well, masturbatory.

Mad Men’s ‘The Runaways’: Three-Way Sex and Self-Mutilation in the Craziest Episode YetMarlow Stern

May 12, 2014

### Historical Examples

#### The quotient multiplied by 100 will give the per cent of shrinkage.

TextilesWilliam H. Dooley

#### The final remainder is the one to be written down with the quotient.

Montessori Elementary MaterialsMaria Montessori

#### If we massed the ten cases together, the quotient would be 28.

Domesday Book and BeyondFrederic William Maitland

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

The Study of Elementary Electricity and Magnetism by ExperimentThomas M. St. John

#### How do you know that the quotient cannot be as large as 169?

The Psychology of ArithmeticEdward L. Thorndike

## quotient

- the result of the division of one number or quantity by another
- the integral part of the result of division

- a ratio of two numbers or quantities to be divided

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## 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

(kwō′shənt)- The number obtained by dividing one quantity by another.

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## 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 63.

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