Proportion meaning

prə-pôrshən
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Proportion is defined as a numerical relationship that compares things or people.

An example of proportion is the number of girls in a class compared to the number of boys.

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The comparative relation between parts, things, or elements with respect to size, amount, degree, etc.; ratio.
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The agreeable or harmonious relation of parts within a whole.

The statue seems out of proportion.

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Dimensions; size.

First measure the proportions of the room.

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A statement of equality between two ratios. Four quantities, a, b, c, d, are said to be in proportion if ab =cd.
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To adjust so that proper relations between parts are attained.

Have you proportioned the oil in the dressing properly?

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To form the parts of with balance or symmetry.

The artist proportioned the figure nicely.

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A part, share, or portion, esp. in its relation to the whole; quota.
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Relationship between parts or things; esp., harmonious, proper, or desirable relationship; balance or symmetry.
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Size, degree, or extent relative to a standard.
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Dimensions.

A building of large proportions.

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To cause to be in proper relation, harmony, or balance.

To proportion the punishment to the crime.

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To arrange the parts of (a whole) so as to be harmonious or properly balanced.
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A statement of equality between two ratios. Four quantities, a, b, c, and d, are said to be in proportion if a/b =c/d.
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(countable) A quantity of something that is part of the whole amount or number.
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(uncountable) Harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole.
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(countable) Proper or equal share.
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The relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree.

The proportion of the parts of a building, or of the body.

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(countable, chiefly in the plural) Size.
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(art) To set or render in proportion.
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A part or amount considered in relation to a whole.

What is the proportion of helium in the atmosphere?

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A relationship between things or parts of things with respect to comparative magnitude, quantity, or degree.

The proper proportion between oil and vinegar in the dressing.

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A relationship between quantities such that if one varies then another varies in a manner dependent on the first.
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(mathematics, countable) A statement of equality between two ratios.
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Origin of proportion

  • Middle English proporcion from Old French proportion from Latin prōportiō prōportiōn- from prō portiōne according to (each) part prō according to pro–1 portiōne ablative of portiō part perə-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English proporcion, from Old French proportion, from Latin proportio (“comparative relation, proportion, symmetry, analogy”), from pro (“for, before”) + portio (“share, part”); see portion.

    From Wiktionary