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


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.

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British Dictionary definitions for proportions


/ (prəˈpɔːʃən) /


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

Science definitions for proportions


[ 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 proportions


see out of proportion.

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