Meaning of RATIO in English


I. ˈrāˌshō, -_shēˌō noun

( -s )

Etymology: Latin, reason, computation, reasoning — more at reason


a. : the real ground or nature of a thing especially as determined by its relation to other things : rationale — compare pythagoreanism , reason

b. : the understanding or reason in Scholasticism that has the capacity to think discursively and make abstractions — compare intellect


a. : the quotient of one quantity divided by another

b. : the fixed or approximate relation of one thing to another or between two or more things (as in number, quantity, or degree) : rate , proportion

the ratio between births and deaths

the 10:1 student-teacher ratio of the school

the ratio between stock prices, earnings, and dividends — Time

combining … in such ratio understanding of technics and of human rights — Roger Burlingame

specifically : specified proportion of ingredients (as in plant foods or fertilizers)

tomatoes were grown outdoors with … use of widely different nutrient ratios — Experiment Station Record

c. : the expression of the relative values of gold and silver as determined by the currency laws of a country — called also coinage ratio

3. archaic : ration , portion

furnished the … invaders with a ratio of biscuit and wine — Archibald Duncan

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: ratio , noun

: to compare especially numerically or quantitatively with another value or set of values : express in a ratio

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