the relation between two similar magnitudes with respect to the number of times the first contains the second: the ratio of 5 to 2, written 5:2 or 5/2.
proportional relation; rate: the ratio between acceptances and rejections.
Finance. the relative value of gold and silver in a bimetallic currency system.
Sometimes the ratio . (on Twitter) the proportion of replies to a tweet compared to the combined number of retweets and likes, where a high ratio usually indicates a barrage of negative replies: How is the Twitter ratio any different from other kinds of outraged cybermobs?LOL, then I added the reply, “Don't mind me, I'm just here for the ratio.”
(on Twitter) to flood (a tweet or its author) with negative replies such that commenters as a group take control of the momentum and message away from the original poster: Political pundits trying to write provocative and edgy tweets are going to get ratioed sooner or later.
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How to use ratio in a sentence
Hazard ratios were largest for benzodiazepines—the most commonly prescribed drug class.Anti-Anxiety and Sleeping Pills Increase Risk of Death, New Study Reports | Brandy Zadrozny | April 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The hosts on business cable channels refer to PE ratios and swap spreads, and no one laughs at them.Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting | Ted Gioia | March 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This storm's ratios could be as high as 15 or 20:1, meaning there'll be more bang for the H2O buck.
Interestingly, ratios in the faces of women had no correlation with aggressive behavior.Mirror of Mind: What the Face Tells Us About Intuition | Nicholas Mancusi | December 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It boasts extremely low cost ratios and offers low-cost financial products like life insurance.Roger Ferguson Is Wall Street’s Fantasy for Federal Reserve Chairman | Daniel Gross | September 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The mathmatikoi sought for ratios, but by experiment 'among the consonances which are heard,' as Plato says.The Modes of Ancient Greek Music | David Binning Monro
The next scheme of musical ratios is that of Eratosthenes, who makes no use of the natural Major Third.The Modes of Ancient Greek Music | David Binning Monro
If these ratios could be continuously recognised and fixed, could be officially registered, money would lose its use.
The significance of the constants is indicated by the ratios given in the table.The Elements of Qualitative Chemical Analysis, vol. 1, parts 1 and 2. | Julius Stieglitz
No attempt is made to weigh the tiny 37 streak of metal since you wish only to compare the ratios of the metal concentrations.The Atomic Fingerprint | Bernard Keisch
British Dictionary definitions for ratio
a measure of the relative size of two classes expressible as a proportion: the ratio of boys to girls is 2 to 1
maths a quotient of two numbers or quantities: See also proportion (def. 6)
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Scientific definitions for ratio
A relationship between two quantities, normally expressed as the quotient of one divided by the other. For example, if a box contains six red marbles and four blue marbles, the ratio of red marbles to blue marbles is 6 to 4, also written 6:4. A ratio can also be expressed as a decimal or percentage.
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Cultural definitions for ratio
An expression of the relative size of two numbers by showing one divided by the other.
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