- (of two quantities) having the same or a constant ratio or relation: The quantities y and x are proportional if y/x = k, where k is the constant of proportionality.
- (of a first quantity with respect to a second quantity) a constant multiple of: The quantity y is proportional to x if y = kx, where k is the constant of proportionality.
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Example sentences from the Web for proportionally
Their surfaces are a froth of magnetic storms, proportionally more violent than the worst weather on the Sun.
Meager as it was, that 2-cent mechanical rate of 1914 proportionally dwarfs the 9.1 cents per physical copy paid today.Van Dyke Parks on How Songwriters Are Getting Screwed in the Digital Age|Van Dyke Parks|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They're both inexplicably wealthy and powerful, with beautiful girlfriends and proportionally smug attitudes.Justin Bieber is the Joffrey Baratheon of Our Time|Amy Zimmerman|March 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My military assured me that we could act today, tomorrow, a month from now, that we could do so proportionally, but meaningfully.Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Their Craven and Brazen Hypocrisy on Syria|Michael Tomasky|September 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Vermont proportionally allocates its delegates but only to candidates who get at least 20 percent of the vote.Massachusetts and Vermont Loom Large on Super Tuesday|Ben Jacobs|March 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In like manner, when strata are thin, the veins are many, but proportionally narrow.Theory of the Earth, Volume 1 (of 4)|James Hutton
The eyelids, nostrils, and internal gape of mouth are all proportionally very large, as in Carriers.
Neglect on their part is to be punished in the first class by a fine of a hundred drachmas, and proportionally in the others.Laws|Plato
When the division is too short, the imagination refuses to give it the proportionally greater importance that it would demand.
As she had been faithful in the minuti of maternal duty, so was she proportionally constant in greater exigencies.