What does proportion mean?

Definitions for proportion
prəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr-pro·por·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  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

  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

  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

  1. Proportion

    Proportion is the relation between elements and a whole.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. 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. proportiopro, in comparison with, portio, portionis, part, share.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  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

  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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How to say proportion in sign language?

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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. Anuj Somany:

    A rise of money in proportion increases the number of frienemies who have the face of friends but the mind of enemies.

  2. England Governor Mark Carney:

    If anyone is in any doubt these issues are of paramount interest to China and will form a substantial proportion of the Chinese G20 summit.

  3. Mahatma Gandhi:

    The outward freedom that we shall attain will only be in exact proportion to the inward freedom to which we may have grown at a given moment. And if this is a correct view of freedom, our chief energy must be concentrated on achieving reform from within.

  4. Philip Okafor:

    However, our results demonstrate that even when African-Americans came to the hospital for care, they had poorer outcomes in hospitals that treated a lower proportion of African-Americans.

  5. Albert Cooper:

    A true history of human events would show that a far larger proportion of our acts as the results of sudden impulses and accident, than of the reason of which we so much boast.

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