# Definition of quotient in US English:

## quotient

### noun

• 1Mathematics
A result obtained by dividing one quantity by another.

• ‘By examining the limits of sums, products and quotients of variable quantities, Mengoli was setting up the basic rules if the calculus thirty years before Newton and Leibniz.’
• ‘His favourite topics in number theory included binary quadratic forms, quadratic residues, Gauss sums and Fermat quotients.’
• ‘Equation predicts that the quotient of growth rate and the amount of nitrogen in leaves is constant.’
• ‘He began his contributions to this topic in 1883 with a paper in which he used the Dirichlet principle to prove that a meromorphic function of two complex variables is a quotient of two entire functions.’
• ‘Why is the quotient of a number divided by zero infinity?’
View synonyms
• 2usually with adjective A degree or amount of a specified quality or characteristic.

‘the increase in Washington's cynicism quotient’
• ‘I didn't add to the rudeness quotient of the world.’
• ‘Hardly a house hasn't been renovated, the limousine quotient is considerably higher than in Switzerland, not to mention elsewhere in Europe.’
• ‘The aggravation quotient is high, but it's good to know these things are going on.’
• ‘To keep your weight gain at an acceptable level, you may have to reduce your calorie intake a little and make an effort to keep active, but it shouldn't be so difficult to do that it threatens your fun quotient or your sanity.’
• ‘It's something like their discomfort quotient, or perhaps the way you can see into their grasping for what the right way is to connect with the crowd or a given voter.’
• ‘These seem, if anything, to have reinforced a sense of distance from it - an antipathy without his usual quotient of curiosity.’
• ‘For the third volume, the quotient of research in archives and among the published documents is much, much higher and dependence upon other writers is much, much less.’
• ‘He fulfills the quiet-member-most-likely-to-turn-into-a-wild-man-at-any-moment quotient of the band.’
• ‘But this year the copycat quotient is off the scale.’
• ‘Fortunately, they aren't serious enough to lower the film's broad-based appeal or to diminish its quotient of feel-good moments.’
• ‘When you've read the original and been fascinated with it there is invariably a big drop in the interest quotient when going through the translation.’
• ‘I figured I'd get the silly quotient in early today, as the rest of the day will be a bit heavy handed.’
• ‘Already, the artsy-fartsy quotient at neighborhood restaurants and bars is nearing, ahem, Orange Alert level.’
• ‘And he confirms that the camp quotient is cranked up to 11.’
• ‘In minutes, his sick printer was back on its feet, gobbling up its usual quotient of ink cartridges.’
• ‘Perhaps being bombed at regular intervals throughout the 20th century has given the British a different slant on the entertainment quotient of violence.’

### Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin quotiens ‘how many times’ (from quot ‘how many’), by confusion with participial forms ending in -ens, -ent-.

## quotient

/ˈkwōSHənt//ˈkwoʊʃənt/