the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole
magnitude or extent
"a building of vast proportions"
balance among the parts of something
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
give pleasant proportions to
"harmonize a building with those surrounding it"
adjust in size relative to other things
A quantity of something that is part of the whole amount or number.
Harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole.
Proper or equal share.
The relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree.
A statement of equality between two ratios.
To set or render in proportion.
Origin: From proporcion, from proportion, from proportio, from pro + portio; see portion.
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
harmonic relation between parts, or between different things of the same kind; symmetrical arrangement or adjustment; symmetry; as, to be out of proportion
the portion one receives when a whole is distributed by a rule or principle; equal or proper share; lot
a part considered comparatively; a share
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
the rule of three, in arithmetic, in which the three given terms, together with the one sought, are proportional
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
to form with symmetry or suitableness, as the parts of the body
to divide into equal or just shares; to apportion
Origin: [F., fr. L. proportio; pro before + portio part or share. See Portion.]
Proportion is the relation between elements and a whole.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prō-pōr′shun, n. the relation of one thing to another in regard to magnitude: fitness of parts to each other: symmetrical arrangement: (math.) the identity or equality of ratios: the 'rule of three,' in which three terms are given to find a fourth: equal or just share: (obs.) form, figure.—v.t. to adjust: to form symmetrically: to correspond to: to divide into proper shares.—adj. Propor′tionable, that may be proportioned: having a proper proportion.—n. Propor′tionableness.—adv. Propor′tionably.—adj. Propor′tional, having a due proportion: relating to proportion: (math.) having the same or a constant ratio.—n. (math.) a number or quantity in a proportion.—n. Proportional′ity.—adv. Propor′tionally.—adj. Propor′tionate, adjusted according to a proportion: proportional.—v.t. to make proportional: to adjust in proportion.—adv. Propor′tionately.—ns. Propor′tionateness, the quality of being adjusted according to settled rates or comparative relation; Propor′tioning, adjustment of proportions.—adj. Propor′tionless, without proportion or symmetry of parts.—Proportional representation, representation in a parliament, &c., according to the number of electors in an electoral district.—Compound proportion, a proportion between two quantities, each of which is the product of two or more, those of the first set being in their order proportional to those of the other; In proportion, in the degree or measure, according; Inverse, or Reciprocal, proportion, an equality of ratio between two quantities and the reciprocals of other two, as 6 : 3 = ½ : ¼. [L. proportio—pro, in comparison with, portio, portionis, part, share.]
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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
Rank popularity for the word 'proportion' in Nouns Frequency: #603
The numerical value of proportion in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of proportion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can let alone.
The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
Heaven always bears some proportion to earth. The god of the cannibal will be a cannibal, of the crusades a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant.
It takes a huge bite out of Labour leader Ed Miliband's core central economic attack that the recovery has only benefited a small proportion of the population.
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