verb (used with object)
- proportional counter,
- proportional font,
- proportional limit
Origin of proportion
Examples from the Web for proportions
Note, Faircloth says “characters' proportions,” not just the female ones.Full Frontal Disney: Feminism's Nudity Double Standard|Emily Shire|August 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Whatever the true figure, it was a massacre of twentieth-century proportions.In Threatening Baghdad, Militants Seek to Undo 800 Years of History|Justin Marozzi|August 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And now Spanx and pushup bras have returned us to the days when the proportions of girdles are back in style.Kate Middleton’s “Bottomgate” Shows Why Women Still Need Slips|Keli Goff|May 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The proportions previously were close to 50-50, but increased fighting has isolated rebel areas.In Syria’s Hunger Games, Starvation Could Be the Next W.M.D.|Raj Salooja|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At Yohji Yamamoto, the proportions were also theatrical but perhaps more wearable.Comme Des Garçons, Kenzo, and More Japanese Designers at Paris Fashion Week|Liza Foreman|March 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was a scandal of proportions almost equal to that of her love for strong drink.The Boss of Little Arcady|Harry Leon Wilson
The long legs and short arms of man are due, I believe, to a secondary readjustment of proportions.Man, Past and Present|Agustus Henry Keane
The very spirit of harmony is embodied in the proportions of the Parthenon.Philothea|Lydia Maria Child
The choir of this church is remarkable for the symmetry of its proportions.Rouen, It's History and Monuments|Thodore Licquet
The Parisians, also, were suffering from the same enormities; everything was of Brobdignagian proportions.The History of Signboards|Jacob Larwood
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.