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rate

1. 
a. a price or charge with reference to a standard or scale
b. (as modifier): a rate card
2. a charge made per unit for a commodity, service, etc.
3. a wage calculated against a unit of time

rate

[rāt]
(science and technology)
The amount of change of some quantity during a time interval divided by the length of the time interval.
References in classic literature ?
I cannot tell the rights of it, but at any rate I have never stolen, though once I cheated a Kafir out of a herd of cattle.
At any rate you are rich enough now to have no more to do with it.
He often read or re-read a chapter at a time, during such pauses; and he consoled himself that while he was not writing the great things he felt to be in him, he was learning composition, at any rate, and training himself to shape up and express his thoughts.