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.

Related forms

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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 Forms

proportionable, 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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