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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pro•por•tion*prəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-(n.)

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

  2. proper relation between things or parts.

  3. relative size or extent.

  4. proportions, dimensions or size.

  5. a portion or part in its relation to the whole.

  6. symmetry, harmony, or balance.

  7. 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

  8. (v.t.)to adjust in proper proportion or relation, as to size or quantity.

  9. 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

  1. proportion(noun)

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

  2. proportion, dimension(noun)

    magnitude or extent

    "a building of vast proportions"

  3. symmetry, proportion(noun)

    balance among the parts of something

  4. 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"

  5. 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

  6. proportion(verb)

    give pleasant proportions to

    "harmonize a building with those surrounding it"

  7. proportion(verb)

    adjust in size relative to other things

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. 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

  2. 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?

  3. proportionəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-

    the correct or best relationship between parts

  4. proportionəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-

    compared in terms of proportion

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

  5. proportionəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-

    not having the correct or best relationship between parts

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

  6. proportionəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-

    the size or shape of sth

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

  7. 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.

  8. proportionəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-

    to understand the relative importance of sth

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

  9. proportionəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-

    not having a balanced view of the importance of sth

    Nervous parents have blown the issue out of proportion.


  1. proportion(Noun)

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

  2. proportion(Noun)

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

  3. proportion(Noun)

    Proper or equal share.

  4. proportion(Noun)

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

  5. proportion(Noun)

    A statement of equality between two ratios.

  6. proportion(Noun)


  7. proportion(Verb)

    To set or render in proportion.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Proportion(noun)

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

  4. Proportion(noun)

    a part considered comparatively; a share

  5. 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

  6. Proportion(noun)

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

  7. 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

  8. Proportion

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

  9. Proportion

    to divide into equal or just shares; to apportion


  1. Proportion

    Proportion is the relation between elements and a whole.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

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

  3. Nouns Frequency

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

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a part (of a total amount)

Only a small proportion of the class passed the exam.

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