s, DPS stands for Damage
Per Second, and has two meanings. 1) As an adjective, it describes how much damage
a weapon or spell
does each second. 2) As a noun, it refers to a character class or specialization which focuses on doing a lot of damage
quickly, or in bursts.
1) A dagger has a rating of 112 DPS. That
the damage it causes per hit, divided
by the time
it takes to swing with it, comes out to 112.
2) Mages, Rogues, Rangers, and the like focus
on dealing a lot of damage, as opposed to tanks
who take damage, or healers
, who heal damage. Therefore, they are referred to as DPS classes