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rate1 / rāt/ • n. 1. a measure, quantity, or frequency, typically one measured against some other quantity or measure: the crime rate rose by 26 percent. ∎  the speed with which something moves, happens, or changes: your heart rate. 2. a fixed price paid or charged for something, esp. goods or services: the basic rate of pay advertising rates. ∎  the amount of a charge or payment expressed as a percentage of some other amount, or as a basis of calculation: you'll find our current interest rate very competitive. ∎  (usu. rates) (in the UK) a tax on land and buildings paid to the local authority by a business, and formerly also by occupants of private property. • v. 1. [tr.] assign a standard or value to (something) according to a particular scale: they were asked to rate their ability at different driving maneuvers| [tr.] the hotel, rated four star, had no hot water and no sink plugs. ∎  [tr.] assign a standard, optimal, or limiting rating to (a piece of equipment): its fuel economy is rated at 25 miles a gallon in the city. ∎  Brit. assess the value of (a property) for the purpose of levying a local tax. 2. [tr.] consider to be of a certain quality, standard, or rank: he rates the company's stock a “buy.” | [tr.] the program has been rated a great success. ∎  [intr.] be regarded in a specified way: Jeff still rates as one of the nicest people I have ever met. ∎  [tr.] be worthy of; merit: the ambassador rated a bulletproof car and a police escort. PHRASES: at any rate whatever happens or may have happened: for the moment, at any rate, he was safe. ∎  used to indicate that one is correcting or clarifying a previous statement or emphasizing a following one: the story, or at any rate, a public version of it, was known and remembered. at this (or that) rate used to introduce the prediction of a particular unwelcome eventuality should things continue as they are or if a certain assumption is true: at this rate, I won't have a job to go back to. rate2 • v. [tr.] archaic scold (someone) angrily: he rated the young man soundly for his want of respect.

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A. †estimated quantity or worth XV; †price XVI;

B. quantity in relation to another, value of one thing in respect of that of another XV; fixed relative charge XVI; degree of speed XVII; relative amount of variation XIX;

C. †standard, measure XV; class (as of ships) XVII. — OF. — medL. rata (evolved from phr. pro ratā, short for pro ratā parte or portiōne according to an estimated or fixed part, proportionally), fem. of ratus fixed (see RATIFY).
Hence rate vb. †fix the amount of, allot XV; estimate, reckon, assess XVI.

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1. of a code. For any (n, k) block code or convolutional code, the value defined as R = k/n

It is a measure of “efficiency” in the sense that the more redundancy there is in the code, the lower the rate. On the other hand, high redundancy may bring about greater efficiency in detecting or correcting errors. Thus the rate measures only one aspect of the overall efficiency.

2. See data transfer rate.

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RATE

Value, measure, or degree; a charge, payment, or price determined through the application of a mathematical formula or based upon a scale or standard.

For example, an interest rate is determined by the ratio between the principal and interest.

Rate is also used synonymously with tax.

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rate2 chide angrily. XIV.
Also †arate, of which rate may be an aphetic form; perh. to be referred to OF. (a)reter accuse, blame:- L. reputāre REPUTE.

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