proportion

[ pruh-pawr-shuhn, -pohr- ]
/ prəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr- /

noun

verb (used with object)

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

Origin of proportion

1350–1400; Middle English proporcio(u)n < Latin prōportiōn- (stem of prōportiō) symmetry, analogy. See pro-1, portion
SYNONYMS FOR proportion
5 share.
10 regulate, arrange, balance, harmonize.
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British Dictionary definitions for proportion

proportion

/ (prəˈpɔːʃən) /

noun

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
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Science definitions for proportion

proportion

[ prə-pôrshən ]

A statement of equality between two ratios. Four quantities, a, b, c, and d, are said to be in proportion if ab = cd.
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Idioms and Phrases with proportion

proportion


see out of proportion.

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