# Definitions for **proportion**prəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-

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### Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pro•por•tion^{*}prəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-(n.)

comparative relation between things or magnitudes as to size, quantity, number, etc.; ratio.

proper relation between things or parts.

relative size or extent.

proportions, dimensions or size.

a portion or part in its relation to the whole.

symmetry, harmony, or balance.

a relation of four quantities such that the first divided by the second is equal to the third divided by the fourth; the equality of ratios.

**Category:**Math(v.t.)to adjust in proper proportion or relation, as to size or quantity.

to balance or harmonize the proportions of.

** ^{*}** Syn: See symmetry.

#### Origin of **proportion**:

1350–1400; ME proporcio(u)n < L prōportiō symmetry

### Princeton's WordNet

proportion(noun)

the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole

proportion, dimension(noun)

magnitude or extent

"a building of vast proportions"

symmetry, proportion(noun)

balance among the parts of something

proportion, ratio(noun)

the relation between things (or parts of things) with respect to their comparative quantity, magnitude, or degree

"an inordinate proportion of the book is given over to quotations"; "a dry martini has a large proportion of gin"

proportion, proportionality, balance(verb)

harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design)

"in all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal balance"- John Ruskin

proportion(verb)

give pleasant proportions to

"harmonize a building with those surrounding it"

proportion(verb)

adjust in size relative to other things

### Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

proportion(noun)əˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-

a part of a whole measured as a percentage

What proportion of the students are Hispanic?; foods with a high proportion of fat

proportionəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-

indicates a comparison of the amount or quantity of two things; = ratio

How much salt is there in proportion to water in ocean water?

proportionəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-

the correct or best relationship between parts

proportionəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-

compared in terms of proportion

The buildings are too large in proportion to the scenery in the painting.

proportionəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-

not having the correct or best relationship between parts

The car's tiny wheels looked all out of proportion.

proportionəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-

the size or shape of sth

the house's beautiful proportions; a failure of enormous proportions

proportionəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-

the importance of sth compared to other things

I think we're overreacting - let's try to maintain a sense of proportion.

proportionəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-

to understand the relative importance of sth

Let's keep it in proportion - it's not a big problem.

proportionəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-

not having a balanced view of the importance of sth

Nervous parents have blown the issue out of proportion.

### Wiktionary

proportion(Noun)

A quantity of something that is part of the whole amount or number.

proportion(Noun)

Harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole.

proportion(Noun)

Proper or equal share.

proportion(Noun)

The relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree.

proportion(Noun)

A statement of equality between two ratios.

proportion(Noun)

size

proportion(Verb)

To set or render in proportion.

**Origin:** From proporcion, from proportion, from proportio, from pro + portio; see portion.

### Webster Dictionary

Proportion(noun)

the relation or adaptation of one portion to another, or to the whole, as respect magnitude, quantity, or degree; comparative relation; ratio; as, the proportion of the parts of a building, or of the body

Proportion(noun)

harmonic relation between parts, or between different things of the same kind; symmetrical arrangement or adjustment; symmetry; as, to be out of proportion

Proportion(noun)

the portion one receives when a whole is distributed by a rule or principle; equal or proper share; lot

Proportion(noun)

a part considered comparatively; a share

Proportion(noun)

the equality or similarity of ratios, especially of geometrical ratios; or a relation among quantities such that the quotient of the first divided by the second is equal to that of the third divided by the fourth; -- called also geometrical proportion, in distinction from arithmetical proportion, or that in which the difference of the first and second is equal to the difference of the third and fourth

Proportion(noun)

the rule of three, in arithmetic, in which the three given terms, together with the one sought, are proportional

Proportion

to adjust in a suitable proportion, as one thing or one part to another; as, to proportion the size of a building to its height; to proportion our expenditures to our income

Proportion

to form with symmetry or suitableness, as the parts of the body

Proportion

to divide into equal or just shares; to apportion

### Freebase

Proportion

Proportion is the relation between elements and a whole.

### British National Corpus

Spoken Corpus Frequency

Rank popularity for the word 'proportion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1620

Written Corpus Frequency

Rank popularity for the word 'proportion' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2538

Nouns Frequency

Rank popularity for the word 'proportion' in Nouns Frequency: #603

# Translations for **proportion**

### Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

- deelAfrikaans
- جُزء، نِسْبَه، حِصَّهArabic
- отношениеBulgarian
- proporçãoPortuguese (BR)
- část, procentoCzech
- der TeilGerman
- del; procentdelDanish
- τμήμαGreek
- proporciónSpanish
- osaEstonian
- بخشFarsi
- osaFinnish
- proportion, pourcentageFrench
- יַחַסHebrew
- अंशHindi
- részHungarian
- bagianIndonesian
- hluti, hlutfallIcelandic
- percentuale, parteItalian
- 部分Japanese
- 일부Korean
- dalisLithuanian
- daļaLatvian
- bahagianMalay
- deelDutch
- delNorwegian
- częśćPolish
- proporçãoPortuguese
- proporţie, procentajRomanian
- частьRussian
- časťSlovak
- delSlovenian
- deoSerbian
- del, andelSwedish
- ส่วนThai
- kısım, bölümTurkish
- 部分Chinese (Trad.)
- частинаUkrainian
- حصہ، ٹکڑاUrdu
- phầnVietnamese
- 部分Chinese (Simp.)

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