### What does **proportion** mean?

# Definitions for proportion

prəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-pro·por·tion

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### Princeton's WordNet

proportionnoun

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

proportion, dimensionnoun

magnitude or extent

"a building of vast proportions"

symmetry, proportionnoun

balance among the parts of something

proportion, rationoun

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, balanceverb

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

proportionverb

give pleasant proportions to

"harmonize a building with those surrounding it"

proportionverb

adjust in size relative to other things

### Wiktionary

proportionnoun

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

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

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

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

Proper or equal share.

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

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

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

A statement of equality between two ratios.

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

size

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

To set or render in proportion.

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

### Webster Dictionary

Proportionnoun

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

**Etymology:**[F., fr. L. proportio; pro before + portio part or share. See Portion.]Proportionnoun

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

**Etymology:**[F., fr. L. proportio; pro before + portio part or share. See Portion.]Proportionnoun

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

**Etymology:**[F., fr. L. proportio; pro before + portio part or share. See Portion.]Proportionnoun

a part considered comparatively; a share

**Etymology:**[F., fr. L. proportio; pro before + portio part or share. See Portion.]Proportionnoun

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

**Etymology:**[F., fr. L. proportio; pro before + portio part or share. See Portion.]Proportionnoun

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

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

**Etymology:**[F., fr. L. proportio; pro before + portio part or share. See Portion.]Proportion

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

**Etymology:**[F., fr. L. proportio; pro before + portio part or share. See Portion.]Proportion

to divide into equal or just shares; to apportion

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

### Freebase

Proportion

Proportion is the relation between elements and a whole.

### Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

Proportion

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.]

### Dictionary of Nautical Terms

proportion

In naval architecture, the length, breadth, and height of a vessel, having a due consideration to her rate, and the object she is intended for.

### Editors Contribution

proportion

An equal share or number of a whole.

The number of people who voted was in proportion to the amount of candidates.

Submitted by MaryC on February 9, 2020proportion

To form with symmetry.

The body shape was in symmetry and painted beautifully said the artist.

Submitted by MaryC on April 13, 2020

### 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

### Numerology

Chaldean Numerology

The numerical value of proportion in Chaldean Numerology is:

**6**Pythagorean Numerology

The numerical value of proportion in Pythagorean Numerology is:

**3**

### Examples of proportion in a Sentence

An increasing

**proportion**of jobs are nowadays sedentary and it is possible that part of the health effects of working hours relate simply to a higher number of sedentary hours at work.Men are wise in

**proportion**, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.We don't see frequent fever. So only a minor

**proportion**of participants in this trial have fever, we see also much lower symptoms like headache or like feeling tired. And the symptoms that are observed with such vaccines are temporary, they are usually observed for one or two days and then are gone.I have discovered, in 20 years of moving around a ballpark, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse

**proportion**to the price of the seats.About 20 million people in the U.S. have chronic, high-impact pain and are disabled by it, a good

**proportion**of them find that opioids make them more functional and allow them to enjoy a higher quality of life. Government agencies have not been sympathetic to chronic pain patients.

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