What does proportion mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term proportion:

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


  1. proportion(Noun)

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

  2. proportion(Noun)

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

  3. proportion(Noun)

    Proper or equal share.

  4. proportion(Noun)

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

  5. proportion(Noun)

    A statement of equality between two ratios.

  6. proportion(Noun)


  7. proportion(Verb)

    To set or render in proportion.

  8. Origin: 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

  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

  3. Proportion(noun)

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

  4. Proportion(noun)

    a part considered comparatively; a share

  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

  6. Proportion(noun)

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

  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

  8. Proportion

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

  9. Proportion

    to divide into equal or just shares; to apportion

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


  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.

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

How to pronounce proportion?

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How to say proportion in sign language?

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  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. Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Todorov:

    This is a catastrophe of unprecedented proportion.

  2. Titus Livius:

    We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.

  3. Julie Ostrow of Midwest Dairy:

    Its really milk with some coffee, as far as proportion.

  4. Anais Nin:

    Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

  5. Hillsborough County:

    We thought that they were blowing it way out of proportion.

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