[ kwoh-shuhnt ]
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  1. the result of division; the number of times one quantity is contained in another.

Origin of quotient

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English quociens, quocient, from Latin quotiēns “how many times”

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British Dictionary definitions for quotient


/ (ˈkwəʊʃənt) /

    • the result of the division of one number or quantity by another

    • the integral part of the result of division

  1. a ratio of two numbers or quantities to be divided

Origin of quotient

C15: from Latin quotiens how often

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Scientific definitions for quotient


[ kwōshənt ]

  1. 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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