American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A section or quantity within a larger thing; a part of a whole.
- n. A part separated from a whole.
- n. A part that is allotted to a person or group, as:
- n. A helping of food.
- n. The part of an estate received by an heir.
- n. A woman's dowry.
- n. A person's lot or fate.
- v. To divide into parts or shares for distribution; parcel.
- v. To provide with a share, inheritance, or dowry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A part of a whole, whether separated from it, or considered by itself though not actually separated.
- n. A part assigned or contributed; a share; an allowance or allotment; hence, a helping at table.
- n. Lot; fate; destiny.
- n. The part of an estate given to a child or heir, or descending to him by law, or to be distributed to him in the settlement of the estate.
- n. A wife's fortune; a dowry.
- To divide or distribute into portions or shares; parcel; allot in shares.
- To endow with a portion or an inheritance.
- n. An allocated amount.
- v. transitive To divide into amounts, as for allocation to specific purposes.
- v. transitive To endow with a portion or inheritance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That which is divided off or separated, as a part from a whole; a separated part of anything.
- n. A part considered by itself, though not actually cut off or separated from the whole.
- n. A part assigned; allotment; share; fate.
- n. The part of an estate given to a child or heir, or descending to him by law, and distributed to him in the settlement of the estate; an inheritance.
- n. A wife's fortune; a dowry.
- v. To separate or divide into portions or shares; to parcel; to distribute.
- v. To endow with a portion or inheritance.
- n. your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
- n. assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group
- n. the allotment of some amount by dividing something
- n. an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal
- v. give out
- n. something determined in relation to something that includes it
- n. money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
- n. something less than the whole of a human artifact
- From Middle English porcioun, from Old French porcion, from Latin portio ("a share, part, portion, relation, proportion"), akin to pars ("part"); see part. Compare proportion. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin portiō, portiōn-. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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