Proportion Definition

prə-pôrshən
proportions
noun
proportions
A part, share, or portion, esp. in its relation to the whole; quota.
Webster's New World
The comparative relation between parts, things, or elements with respect to size, amount, degree, etc.; ratio.
Webster's New World
A relationship between quantities such that if one varies then another varies in a manner dependent on the first.
American Heritage
Relationship between parts or things; esp., harmonious, proper, or desirable relationship; balance or symmetry.
Webster's New World
Size, degree, or extent relative to a standard.
Webster's New World
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verb
To cause to be in proper relation, harmony, or balance.
To proportion the punishment to the crime.
Webster's New World
To arrange the parts of (a whole) so as to be harmonious or properly balanced.
Webster's New World
To form the parts of with balance or symmetry.
The artist proportioned the figure nicely.
American Heritage
(art) To set or render in proportion.
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Proportion

Noun

Singular:
proportion
Plural:
proportions

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

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