proportion

 /prəˈpɔːʃən/


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
pro•por•tion /prəˈpɔrʃən/USA pronunciation n.  [countable] a relation between things when compared to one another in regard to size, quantity, number, etc.:A large proportion of the students came from Chinese-speaking countries. [uncountable] proper relation between things or parts:to have a sense of proportion. [uncountable] symmetry:The architect shows a fine sense of proportion in his designs. proportions, [plural] dimensions or size:a man of gigantic proportions.See -par-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

proportion /prəˈpɔːʃən/ n
  1. the correct or desirable relationship between parts of a whole; balance or symmetry
  2. a part considered with respect to the whole
  3. (plural) dimensions or size: a building of vast proportions
  4. a share, part, or quota
  5. a relationship that maintains a constant ratio between two variable quantities: x increases in direct proportion to y
  6. a relationship between four numbers or quantities in which the ratio of the first pair equals the ratio of the second pair
vb (transitive)
  1. to adjust in relative amount, size, etc
  2. to cause to be harmonious in relationship of parts
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin prōportiō (a translation of Greek analogia), from phrase prō portione, literally: for (its, his, one's) portion

proˈportionable adj proˈportionably adv proˈportionment n



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