Definition of Proportion

1. Noun. The quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole.

2. Verb. Give pleasant proportions to. "Harmonize a building with those surrounding it"
Generic synonyms: Harmonise, Harmonize

3. Noun. Magnitude or extent. "A building of vast proportions"
Exact synonyms: Dimension
Generic synonyms: Magnitude

4. Verb. Adjust in size relative to other things.
Generic synonyms: Adjust, Correct, Set
Specialized synonyms: Scale Down, Scale Up

5. Noun. Balance among the parts of something.
Exact synonyms: Symmetry
Generic synonyms: Balance, Counterbalance, Equilibrium, Equipoise
Antonyms: Disproportion
Derivative terms: Symmetric, Symmetrise, Symmetrize

6. Noun. The relation between things (or parts of things) with respect to their comparative quantity, magnitude, or degree. "A dry martini has a large proportion of gin"
Exact synonyms: Ratio
Generic synonyms: Magnitude Relation, Quantitative Relation

7. Noun. 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"
Exact synonyms: Balance, Proportionality
Generic synonyms: Arrangement, Placement

Definition of Proportion

1. n. 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. v. t. 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.

Definition of Proportion

1. Noun. A quantity of something that is part of the whole amount or number. ¹

2. Noun. Harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole. ¹

3. Noun. Proper or equal share. ¹

4. Noun. The relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree. ¹

5. Noun. (context: mathematics countable) A statement of equality between two ratios. ¹

6. Noun. (countable mostly plural) size ¹

7. Verb. (arts) To set or render in proportion. ¹

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Definition of Proportion

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Proportion

proportion (current term)
proportional analogy
proportional counter
proportional counter tube
proportional font
proportional representation
proportional sample
proportional sampling

Literary usage of Proportion

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle (1891)
"13 This proportion is called by the mathematicians a geometrical proportion ; for it is when four terms are in geometrical proportion that the sum [of the ..."

2. An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Edward Gibbon Wakefield, Dugald Stewart (1843)
"The different masses of corn which in different years must supply the consumption of the world, will always be nearly in proportion to the respective ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"proportion, an equality of ratios; a series in which the first of any even ... is a geometrical proportion. The definition given above using the words "same ..."

4. The Lancet (1842)
"TABLE C, showing the Average proportion of Recoveries and the Mean Mortality, ... The object of the table is to show the proportion of " recoveries " in 100 ..."

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