verb (used with object)
- proportional counter,
- proportional font,
- proportional limit
Origin of proportion
Examples from the Web for proportion
Like most such predators, their danger to humans is often blown out of proportion.Viral Video of the Day: Great White Shark Deathmatch|Jack Holmes|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the same time, single women now rival evangelicals as a proportion of the electorate.
Capitalist-led industrial growth shifted the proportion of the population living in cities.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class|Joel Kotkin|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First, the epidemiologic: The proportion of adults who choose not to be parents is growing and sits at 20 percent or so.
This got blown out of proportion and made into headlines, and somehow I looked like I was picking on her.Jack White Apologizes For Trashing Meg White, Adele, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, Etc.|Marlow Stern|May 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And in the book it said, "It can be maintained that the evil of pride consists in being out of proportion to the universe."Tremendous Trifles|G. K. Chesterton
The penalty in the first case, was, it was felt, altogether out of proportion to the offence.Social Rights And Duties|Leslie Stephen
Yet Mr. Ker laughs at the idea of the proportion being the same.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 10 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
We know that just in proportion to the loss of this substance are our vigor and strength taken from us.The American Reformed Cattle Doctor|George Dadd
The same in its proportion is to be understood of the passive voice.Grammatical Sketch of the Heve Language|Buckingham Smith
Word Origin for proportion
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.
see out of proportion.