### 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.

proportionnoun

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

proportionnoun

Proper or equal share.

proportionnoun

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

proportionnoun

A statement of equality between two ratios.

proportionnoun

size

proportionverb

To set or render in proportion.

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

### Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

PROPORTIONnoun

**Etymology:**proportion, Fr. proportio, Lat.Let any man’s wisdom determine by lessening the territory, and increasing the number of inhabitants, what

*proportion*is requisite to the peopling of a region in such a manner, that the land shall be neither too narrow for those whom it feedeth, nor capable of a greater multitude.*Walter Raleigh.*By

*proportion*to these rules, we may judge of the obligation that lies upon all sorts of injurious persons.*Taylor.*Things nigh equivalent and neighb’ring value

By lot are parted; but high heav’n thy share,

In equal balance weigh’d ’gainst earth and hell,

Flings up the adverse scale, and shuns*proportion.**Matthew Prior.*Greater visible good does not always raise men’s desires, in

*proportion*to the greatness it is acknowledged to have, though every little trouble sets us on work to get rid of it.*John Locke.*He must be little skilled in the world, who thinks that men’s talking much or little shall hold

*proportion*only to their knowledge.*John Locke.*Several nations are recovered out of their ignorance, in

*proportion*as they converse more or less with those of the reformed churches.*Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.*In

*proportion*as this resolution grew, the terrors before us seemed to vanish.*Tatler,*№. 81.His volant touch

Instinct through all*proportions,*low and high,

Fled, and pursu’d transverse the resonant fugue.*John Milton.*It must be mutual in

*proportion*due

Giv’n and receiv’d.*John Milton.*No man of the present age is equal in the strength,

*proportion*and knitting of his limbs to the Hercules of Farnese.*John Dryden, Dufresnoy.*The

*proportions*are so well observed, that nothing appears to an advantage, or distinguishes itself above the rest.*Addis.*Harmony, with ev’ry grace,

Plays in the fair*proportions*of her face.*Elizabeth Carter.*All things receiv’d, do such

*proportion*take,

As those things have, wherein they are receiv’d;

So little glasses little faces make,

And narrow webs on narrow frames are weav’d.*Davies.*To Proportionverb

**Etymology:**proportionner, Fr. from the noun.Measure is that which perfecteth all things, because every thing is for some end; neither can that thing be available to any end, which is not proportionable thereunto: and to

*proportion*as well excesses as defects, are opposite.*Richard Hooker.*Till body up to spirit work, in bounds

*Proportion’d*to each kind.*John Milton.*In the loss of an object, we do not

*proportion*our grief to the real value it bears, but to the value our fancies set upon it.*Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 256.*Nature had

*proportioned*her without any fault, quickly to be discovered by the senses; yet altogether seemed not to make up that harmony that Cupid delights in.*Philip Sidney.*

### ChatGPT

proportion

Proportion refers to the relationship or comparison in size, amount, or degree between two or more things. It can represent a part in relation to the whole or suggest a balance or harmony between elements. In mathematics, proportion is used to indicate that two ratios or fractions are equal.

### 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

Proportionnoun

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

Proportionnoun

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

Proportionnoun

a part considered comparatively; a share

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

Proportionnoun

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

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

### Wikidata

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, 2020

proportion

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

It's just blown out of

**proportion**, i wish you guys would focus on the good things I've done.I hope that next Mother’s Day, we’re going to see a dramatic difference than what we’re seeing right now. I believe that we will be about as close to back to normal as we can. And there’s some conditions to that, George, we’ve got to make sure that we get the overwhelming

**proportion**of the population vaccinated.One possibility is that those microcephaly babies are just the severest cases and that they are only a small

**proportion**of all the babies who were infected.We need ongoing improvement of prevention and treatment. It is there, but only a small

**proportion**of people that need treatment get treatment. This has been an ongoing problem and it's still there.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.

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