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1Mathematics A result obtained by dividing one quantity by another.
‘Why is the quotient of a number divided by zero infinity?’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘Equation predicts that the quotient of growth rate and the amount of nitrogen in leaves is constant.’
2usually with adjectiveA degree or amount of a specified quality or characteristic.
‘the increase in Washington's cynicism quotient’
‘I figured I'd get the silly quotient in early today, as the rest of the day will be a bit heavy handed.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘But this year the copycat quotient is off the scale.’
‘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.’
‘Perhaps being bombed at regular intervals throughout the 20th century has given the British a different slant on the entertainment quotient of violence.’
‘In minutes, his sick printer was back on its feet, gobbling up its usual quotient of ink cartridges.’
‘He fulfills the quiet-member-most-likely-to-turn-into-a-wild-man-at-any-moment quotient of the band.’
‘Fortunately, they aren't serious enough to lower the film's broad-based appeal or to diminish its quotient of feel-good moments.’
‘Hardly a house hasn't been renovated, the limousine quotient is considerably higher than in Switzerland, not to mention elsewhere in Europe.’
‘These seem, if anything, to have reinforced a sense of distance from it - an antipathy without his usual quotient of curiosity.’
‘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.’
‘The aggravation quotient is high, but it's good to know these things are going on.’
‘I didn't add to the rudeness quotient of the world.’
‘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.’
Origin
Late Middle English: from Latin quotiens ‘how many times’ (from quot ‘how many’), by confusion with participial forms ending in -ens, -ent-.