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Definition the relative magnitudes of two quantities — often expressed as a:b (which could also be expressed as the fraction a/b)
  • There is much interesting study on the predictive value of the ratio of the length of the index finger to the ring finger within a given gender and race.
ratio = relative lengths
  • A relatively low ratio of the length of the index finger to the ring finger correlates with increased risk of prostate cancer in men.
  • ratio = relative lengths
  • The ratio of width to height of typical computer displays is 4:3.
  • ratio = relative lengths
  • Their profitablity ratios are good, but their liquidity ratios are of concern.
  • ratios = relative quantities
  • Stanley weighed three times as much as the other boy. Mrs. Bell wrote the ratio on the board, 3:1, unaware of how much embarrassment she had caused both of them.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • ratio = the relative amount of two quantities
  • On his last day of school, his math teacher... taught ratios.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • ratios = the relative magnitudes of two quantities (for example 1:2)
  • Blacks outnumbered whites by a ratio of more than ten to one.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • This equation does not give us the value of the unknown factor but gives us a ratio between two unknowns.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Budgets, metrics, research, and ratios: My form of expression became much more calculated.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • In terms of class size, teachers' education, and computer-to-student ratio, the schools attended by blacks and whites are similar.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • What does ultima ratio regum mean?
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • To fill each necessary combat billet, one job to one officer, would call for a 5 per cent ratio of officers — but 3 per cent is all we've got.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • Plus the ratio in the classes of professors to students is really good.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • I must have had a pee ratio of three to one in Nam versus the amount of times I had peed in Harlem.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • The authorities normally preferred to have a ratio of one warder for every three prisoners.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Their meat has a ratio of about 14 omega-6 to 1 omega-3.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • With my first letter I was instantaneously transformed from a number on a teacher-ratio chart to a labor problem.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • That made a ratio of seventy-three to one.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Wasn't she growing visibly older in ratio as Vida grew plumper and younger?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • High ratio for what grade school taught us was an extinct country.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend

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