# Definitions for proportionprəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-pro·por·tion

### Princeton's WordNet(2.00 / 2 votes)Rate this definition:

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

### Wiktionary(3.75 / 4 votes)Rate this definition:

1. proportion(Noun)

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.

2. proportion(Noun)

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

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

3. proportion(Noun)

Proper or equal share.

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

4. proportion(Noun)

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.

5. proportion(Noun)

A statement of equality between two ratios.

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

6. proportion(Noun)

size

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

7. proportion(Verb)

To set or render in proportion.

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

### Webster Dictionary(4.33 / 3 votes)Rate this definition:

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

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

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

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

3. Proportion(noun)

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.]

4. Proportion(noun)

a part considered comparatively; a share

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

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

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

6. Proportion(noun)

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.]

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

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

8. 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.]

9. Proportion

to divide into equal or just shares; to apportion

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

### Freebase(0.00 / 0 votes)Rate this definition:

1. Proportion

Proportion is the relation between elements and a whole.

1. Proportion

### Dictionary of Nautical Terms(0.00 / 0 votes)Rate this definition:

1. 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(0.00 / 0 votes)Rate this definition:

1. 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
2. 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

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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### Numerology

1. Chaldean Numerology

The numerical value of proportion in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

2. Pythagorean Numerology

The numerical value of proportion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

### Examples of proportion in a Sentence

1. I don't perceive any concern among the donor community who recognize that this is just one of many issues that gets blown out of proportion when it relates to a Clinton, this will all pass when it is realized it is just a tempest in a teapot.

2. The charms of the passing woman are generally in direct proportion to the swiftness of her passing.

3. We want immigrants coming in. We cherish the open door that we want to create for our country, but a big proportion of those immigrants must come in through merit and skill.

4. A woman, generally speaking, lives only for herself and likes a man only in proportion to his love solely for her.

5. It's just blown out of proportion, i wish you guys would focus on the good things I've done.

### Popularity rank by frequency of use

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## Translations for proportion

### From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

• نسبة
• proporció
• poměr
• Proportion
• proporcio
• proporción
• osa, osuus, suhde
• proportion
• comhréir
• 比例, 割合
• proporção
• пропорция
• விகிதம்
• orantı
• tỉ lệ
• 比例

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