- comparative relation between things or magnitudes as to size, quantity, number, etc.; ratio.
- proper relation between things or parts: to have tastes way out of proportion to one's financial means.
- relative size or extent.
- proportions, dimensions or size: a rock of gigantic proportions.
- a portion or part in its relation to the whole: A large proportion of the debt remains.
- symmetry, harmony, or balance: an architect with a sense of proportion.
- the significance of a thing or event that an objective view reveals: You must try to see these mishaps in proportion.
- Mathematics. a relation of four quantities such that the first divided by the second is equal to the third divided by the fourth; the equality of ratios.Compare rule of three.
- Archaic. analogy; comparison.
- to adjust in proper proportion or relation, as to size, quantity, etc.
- to balance or harmonize the proportions of.
Origin of proportion
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Examples from the Web for proportions
Note, Faircloth says “characters' proportions,” not just the female ones.Full Frontal Disney: Feminism's Nudity Double Standard
August 20, 2014
Whatever the true figure, it was a massacre of twentieth-century proportions.In Threatening Baghdad, Militants Seek to Undo 800 Years of History
August 16, 2014
And now Spanx and pushup bras have returned us to the days when the proportions of girdles are back in style.Kate Middleton’s “Bottomgate” Shows Why Women Still Need Slips
May 28, 2014
The proportions previously were close to 50-50, but increased fighting has isolated rebel areas.In Syria’s Hunger Games, Starvation Could Be the Next W.M.D.
May 27, 2014
At Yohji Yamamoto, the proportions were also theatrical but perhaps more wearable.Comme Des Garçons, Kenzo, and More Japanese Designers at Paris Fashion Week
March 4, 2014
Aspasia said wisely, that the spirit of beauty flows in, only where the proportions are harmonious.
The very spirit of harmony is embodied in the proportions of the Parthenon.
Give the proportions of fat and flour that may be used for pastry.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The proportions of these must be based upon the load to be carried.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
He had all the bones and joints of other men, without any of their proportions.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
- the relationship between different things or parts with respect to comparative size, number, or degree; relative magnitude or extent; ratio
- the correct or desirable relationship between parts of a whole; balance or symmetry
- a part considered with respect to the whole
- (plural) dimensions or sizea building of vast proportions
- a share, part, or quota
- maths a relationship that maintains a constant ratio between two variable quantitiesx increases in direct proportion to y
- maths a relationship between four numbers or quantities in which the ratio of the first pair equals the ratio of the second pair
- to adjust in relative amount, size, etc
- to cause to be harmonious in relationship of parts
Word Origin and History for proportions
late 14c., "due relation of one part to another," also "size, extent; compartative relation in size, degree, number, etc.," from Old French proporcion "measure, proportion" (13c.), from Latin proportionem (nominative proportio) "comparative relation, analogy," from phrase pro portione "according to the relation" (of parts to each other), from pro "for" (see pro-) + ablative of *partio "division," related to pars (see part (n.)). Phrase out of proportion attested by 1670s.
My fortunes [are] as ill proportioned as your legs. [John Marston, "Antonio and Mellida," 1602]
"to adjust or regulate the proportions of," late 14c., from proportion (n.) and in part from Middle French proporcioner and directly from Medieval Latin proportionare. Related: Proportioned; proportioning.
- A statement of equality between two ratios. Four quantities, a, b, c, and d, are said to be in proportion if ab = cd.
Idioms and Phrases with proportions
see out of proportion.