What Does DPS Mean?

DPS means "Damage per Second" and "Dividend per Share." Here is more information about each of these definitions of DPS, with examples of use.

Damage per Second

In online gaming, DPS means "Damage per Second." It is a measurement of damage that can be done by a weapon, spell, other equipment, player or group of players. It is used as a metric in some games to allow a determination of offensive power.

DPS is also used to refer to certain classes of character that are picked for their ability to destroy and kill. For example:
  • Chris: What is the DPS of the sniper rifle?
  • Jo Which one? The bolt action or the semi-automatic?
  • Sam: Who is the best DPS hero in this game?
  • Lee: Genji; if you know how to play him.

Dividend per Share

In financial circles, DPS means "Dividends per Share." In this context, DPS is the number of declared dividends issued by a company for every ordinary share outstanding.

First definition of DPS

"Damage per Second" is the most common definition for DPS on gaming related apps such as Discord, TeamSpeak and Telegram, as well as on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Definition:Damage per Second
Type:Abbreviation (Initialism)
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Second definition of DPS

In financial circles DPS usually means "Dividend per Share."
Definition:Dividend per Share
Type:Abbreviation (Initialism)
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:


Example of DPS Used in a Text

Using DPS on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, or Snapchat)


See Also

LIST OF GAMING TERMS (Glossary Page) ADR (address, adverse drug reaction, all due respect, average damage per round) APM (actions per minute) ARPU (average revenue per user) CPC (cost per click) CPM (cost per thousand) DBR (damaged beyond repair) DMG (damage) DOT (damage over time) DSD (do some damage)