Definitions for proportionprəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-

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  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

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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 DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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

  10. Origin: [F., fr. L. proportio; pro before + portio part or share. See Portion.]

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  1. Proportion

    Proportion is the relation between elements and a whole.

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  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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