[pruh-pawr-shuhn, -pohr-]


verb (used with object)

to adjust in proper proportion or relation, as to size, quantity, etc.
to balance or harmonize the proportions of.

Nearby words

  1. propolis,
  2. propone,
  3. proponent,
  4. propontis,
  5. proport,
  6. proportionable,
  7. proportional,
  8. proportional counter,
  9. proportional font,
  10. proportional limit

Origin of proportion

1350–1400; Middle English proporcio(u)n < Latin prōportiōn- (stem of prōportiō) symmetry, analogy. See pro-1, portion

SYNONYMS FOR proportion
1. comparison. 5. share. 6. distribution, arrangement. See symmetry. 10. regulate, arrange, balance, harmonize.

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for misproportion



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

verb (tr)

to adjust in relative amount, size, etc
to cause to be harmonious in relationship of parts
Derived Formsproportionable, adjectiveproportionability, nounproportionably, adverbproportionment, noun

Word Origin for proportion

C14: from Latin prōportiō (a translation of Greek analogia), from phrase prō portione, literally: for (its, his, one's) portion

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for misproportion
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for misproportion



A statement of equality between two ratios. Four quantities, a, b, c, and d, are said to be in proportion if ab = cd.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Idioms and Phrases with misproportion


see out of proportion.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.