quota-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: a prescribed quantity that is a goal or target to meet

Commentary: QUOTA[+quantity][+amount][+goal][+prescribed]

All the salesmen met their quota for this quarter, and two of them exceeded it.
The police issue more tickets at the end of the month in order to fill their quota.
No candidate received a quota in the election, so there will be a runoff.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a proportionate share of something

Commentary: QUOTA[+quantity][+proportion][+share]

The Supreme Court has ruled that the university's practice of using quotas for the basis of admission is unconstitutional.
The Faeroe Islands' commercial salmon quota was reduced this year.
The strongest pup in the litter got more than his quota of milk from the mother dog.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: an upper limit on the quantity of something, e.g., imports

Commentary: QUOTA[+quantity][+amount][+limit][+upper]

The OPEC quota for that nation is 1 million barrels of oil per day.
The government has imposed quotas on the number of Japanese cars entering the country.
There is currently no quota on the amount of grain that nation may import.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3