WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
pro•por•tion /prəˈpɔrʃən/USA pronunciation
[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-.
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proportion /prəˈpɔːʃən/ n
- the correct or desirable relationship between parts of a whole; balance or symmetry
- a part considered with respect to the whole
- (plural) dimensions or size: a building of vast proportions
- a share, part, or quota
- a relationship that maintains a constant ratio between two variable quantities: x increases in direct proportion to y
- a relationship between four numbers or quantities in which the ratio of the first pair equals the ratio of the second pair
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin prōportiō (a translation of Greek analogia), from phrase prō portione, literally: for (its, his, one's) portionproˈportionable adj proˈportionably adv proˈportionment n
- to adjust in relative amount, size, etc
- to cause to be harmonious in relationship of parts
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