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Definitions of proportion

  1. harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design); "in all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal balance"- John Ruskin Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. magnitude or extent; "a building of vast proportions" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. adjust in size relative to other things Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. balance among the parts of something Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. give pleasant proportions to; "harmonize a building with those surrounding it" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. The relation or adaptation of one portion to another, or to the whole, as respect magnitude, quantity, or degree; comparative relation; ratio; as, the proportion of the parts of a building, or of the body. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. Harmonic relation between parts, or between different things of the same kind; symmetrical arrangement or adjustment; symmetry; as, to be out of proportion. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. The portion one receives when a whole is distributed by a rule or principle; equal or proper share; lot. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. A part considered comparatively; a share. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. The equality or similarity of ratios, especially of geometrical ratios; or a relation among quantities such that the quotient of the first divided by the second is equal to that of the third divided by the fourth; -- called also geometrical proportion, in distinction from arithmetical proportion, or that in which the difference of the first and second is equal to the difference of the third and fourth. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. The rule of three, in arithmetic, in which the three given terms, together with the one sought, are proportional. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. To adjust in a suitable proportion, as one thing or one part to another; as, to proportion the size of a building to its height; to proportion our expenditures to our income. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. To form with symmetry or suitableness, as the parts of the body. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. To divide into equal or just shares; to apportion. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. The relation in size, quantity, or degree of one to another; ratio or rate; a proper balance or relation of all the parts; equal or just share. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. To form symmetrically, or make the parts of suitable to each other; to cause to be in suitable relation. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. The relation of one thing to another in regard to magnitude: mutual fitness of parts: symmetrical arrangement: (math.) the identity or equality of ratios: the "rule of three," in which three terms are given to find a fourth: equal or just share. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. To adjust: to form symmetrically. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. Relation of one thing to another; fitness of parts; just share; similarity of ratios. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. To adjust; make in proportion. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. To form; make symetrical. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. To separate into portions. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Relative magnitude, number, or degree. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Fitness and harmony; symmetry. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. A proportionate share; any share or part. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. An equality or Identity between ratios. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. The comparative relation of any one thing to another; symmetry; a suitable adaptation of one part or thing to another; the identity or similitude of two rations; equal or just share; a rule by which, when three numbers are given, a fourth number is found; an equality of arithmetical ratios. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. To adjust the comparative relation of one thing to another; to form symmetrically. Harmonical proportion, a relation of three or four quantities such that the first is to the last as the difference between the two first is to the difference between to the two last. Inverse proportion, a proportion where the ratio of first to second is as that of fourth to third. In proportion, according as. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. Relation or correspondence of parts between unequal things of the same kind; symmetry; in arith., a rule in which three terms are given to find a fourth; in geom., the identity, equality, or similitude of ratios; mutual fitness or correspondence of parts to each other, and to the whole; equal degree; equal or just share; form; size. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. To adjust the comparative relation of one thing, or one part, to another; to form symmetrically; to divide into equal or just shares. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. pr[=o]-p[=o]r'shun, n. the relation of one thing to another in regard to magnitude: fitness of parts to each other: symmetrical arrangement: (math.) the identity or equality of ratios: the 'rule of three,' in which three terms are given to find a fourth: equal or just share: (obs.) form, figure.--v.t. to adjust: to form symmetrically: to correspond to: to divide into proper shares.--adj. PROPOR'TIONABLE, that may be proportioned: having a proper proportion.--n. PROPOR'TIONABLENESS.--adv. PROPOR'TIONABLY.--adj. PROPOR'TIONAL, having a due proportion: relating to proportion: (math.) having the same or a constant ratio.--n. (math.) a number or quantity in a proportion.--n. PROPORTIONAL'ITY.--adv. PROPOR'TIONALLY.--adj. PROPOR'TIONATE, adjusted according to a proportion: proportional.--v.t. to make proportional: to adjust in proportion.--adv. PROPOR'TIONATELY.--ns. PROPOR'TIONATENESS, the quality of being adjusted according to settled rates or comparative relation; PROPOR'TIONING, adjustment of proportions.--adj. PROPOR'TIONLESS, without proportion or symmetry of parts.--PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION, representation in a parliament, &c., according to the number of electors in an electoral district.--COMPOUND PROPORTION, a proportion between two quantities, each of which is the product of two or more, those of the first set being in their order proportional to those of the other; IN PROPORTION, in the degree or measure, according; INVERSE, or RECIPROCAL, PROPORTION, an equality of ratio between two quantities and the reciprocals of other two, as 6 : 3 = ½ : ¼. [L. proportio--pro, in comparison with, portio, portionis, part, share.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  33. Comparative part, share, as a large p. of the earth\'s surface, of the profits; comparative relation, ratio, as the p. of births to the population, price will be raised in p. (to the labour &c. or abs.); due relation of one thing to another or between parts of a thing, as windows are in admirable p., his success bore no p. to his abilities, whence proportionless a.; was out of (all) p. to, too great for; (pl.) dimensions, as athlete, building, of magnificent pp.; (Math.) equality of ratios between two pairs of quantities, as 3, 5, 9, & 15 are in p., set of such quantities, (Arith.) rule of three; (v.t.) make (thing &c.) proportionate to, as must p. the punishment to the crime, whence (-)proportioned a., proportionment n. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  34. [L.] The relation existing between four magnitudes when the ratio of the first to the second equals that of the third to the fourth ; the first and fourth magnitudes are the extreme, the second and third the mean, terms of the P. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  35. n. [Latin] Arrangement of parts ; relation of one portion to another, or with respect to magnitude or quantity ; -equal or just share ; lot ;-symmetrical arrangement, distribution, or adjustment ; relative form of a body ; size ; dimension ; - equality or similarity of ratios, especially of geometrical ratios ;-the rule of three in arithmetic, in which from three given terms a fourth is found, bearing the same relation to the third as the second does to the first. In proportion, according as ; to the degree that. Cabinet Dictionary

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