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1The relation between two magnitudes as determined by the number of times that one contains the other. Contrasted with arithmetical ratio.
2A manner or mode of change in which successive quantities form a geometric progression; a geometric progression.
Early 18th century. From geometrical + ratio, after classical Latin geometrica ratio (2nd cent. a.d.), earlier in plural, geometricae rationes (Cicero, Vitruvius).
geometrical ratio/ˌdʒiːəˌmɛtrɪkl ˈreɪʃɪəʊ//dʒɪəˌmɛtrɪkl ˈreɪʃɪəʊ/
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