ratio[rā′s̸hō, -s̸hē ō′]
The definition of a ratio is the relationship between two things.
An example of a ratio is four chocolates for every three completed homework assignments written as 4:3.
- a fixed relation in degree, number, etc. between two similar things; proportion: a ratio of two boys to three girls
- Finance the relative value of gold and silver in a currency system based on both
- Math. the quotient of one quantity divided by another of the same kind, usually expressed as a fraction
Origin of ratioL: see reason
- Relation in degree or number between two similar things.
- The relative value of silver and gold in a currency system that is bimetallic.
- Mathematics A relationship between two quantities, normally expressed as the quotient of one divided by the other; for example, the ratio of 7 to 4 can be written 7:4 or 7/4. A ratio can often also be expressed as a decimal or percentage.
Origin of ratioLatin ratiō, calculation, from ratus, past participle of rērī, to reckon, consider; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
- A number representing a comparison between two things.
- (arithmetic) The relative magnitudes of two quantities (usually expressed as a quotient).
- (law) Short for ratio decidendi.
- ratio decidendi
- obiter dictum
From Latin ratio.