[ kwoh-shuh nt ]
/ ˈkwoʊ ʃənt /

noun Mathematics.

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

Nearby words

  1. quoteworthy,
  2. quoth,
  3. quotha,
  4. quotid.,
  5. quotidian,
  6. quotient group,
  7. quotient ring,
  8. quotient space,
  9. qur'an,
  10. quran

Origin of quotient

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

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British Dictionary definitions for quotient


/ (ˈkwəʊʃənt) /


  1. the result of the division of one number or quantity by another
  2. the integral part of the result of division
a ratio of two numbers or quantities to be divided

Word Origin for quotient

C15: from Latin quotiens how often

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Word Origin and History for quotient



"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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Medicine definitions for quotient


[ kwōshənt ]


The number obtained by dividing one quantity by another.

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Science definitions for quotient


[ kwōshənt ]

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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