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# proportion

## Definitions

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

• noun A part or amount considered in relation to a whole.
• noun A relationship between things or parts of things with respect to comparative magnitude, quantity, or degree.
• noun A relationship between quantities such that if one varies then another varies in a manner dependent on the first.
• noun The agreeable or harmonious relation of parts within a whole.
• noun Dimensions; size.
• noun Mathematics A statement of equality between two ratios. Four quantities, a, b, c, d, are said to be in proportion if a/b = c/d .
• transitive verb To adjust so that proper relations between parts are attained.
• transitive verb To form the parts of with balance or symmetry.

### from The Century Dictionary.

• To adjust in suitable relations; adapt harmoniously to something else as regards dimensions or extent: as, to proportion the size of a building to its height, or the thickness of a thing to its length; to proportion expenditure to income.
• To form with symmetry; give a symmetrical form to.
• To bear proportion or adequate relation to; correspond to.
• To divide into portions; allot; apportion.
• To compare; estimate the relative proportions of.
• In type-manuf., to adjust (a font of type) so that it shall contain the proper number of each letter, point, etc.
• noun The relation of one thing to another in respect to size, quantity, magnitude of corresponding parts, capacity, or degree.
• noun Specifically, the relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude; the relative size and arrangement of parts: as, the proportion of the parts of an edifice, or of the human body. Commonly in the plural.
• noun Symmetrical arrangement, distribution, or adjustment; the proper relation of parts in a whole; symmetry or harmony.
• noun That which falls to one's lot when a whole is divided according to a rule or principle; just or proper share; in general, portion; lot.
• noun Form; shape; figure.
• noun In mathematics, the equality of ratios or relations; analogy.
• noun In music: The ratio between the vibration-numbers of two tones.
• noun Same as rhythm or meter.
• noun In arithmetic, the rule of three; that rule which, according to the theory of proportion, enables us to find a fourth proportional to three given numbers — that is, a number to which the third bears the same ratio as the first does to the second.
• noun See mixed.
• noun Synonyms See symmetry.

### from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

• transitive verb To adjust in a suitable proportion, as one thing or one part to another
• transitive verb To form with symmetry or suitableness, as the parts of the body.
• transitive verb To divide into equal or just shares; to apportion.
• noun The relation or adaptation of one portion to another, or to the whole, as respect magnitude, quantity, or degree; comparative relation; ratio.
• noun Harmonic relation between parts, or between different things of the same kind; symmetrical arrangement or adjustment; symmetry.
• noun The portion one receives when a whole is distributed by a rule or principle; equal or proper share; lot.
• noun A part considered comparatively; a share.
• noun 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.
• noun The rule of three, in arithmetic, in which the three given terms, together with the one sought, are proportional.
• noun See under Continued, Inverse, etc.
• noun a relation of three or four quantities, such that the first is to the last as the difference between the first two is to the difference between the last two; thus, 2, 3, 6, are in harmonical proportion; for 2 is to 6 as 1 to 3. Thus, 24, 16, 12, 9, are harmonical, for 24:9::8:3.
• noun according as; to the degree that.

• noun countable A quantity of something that is part of the whole amount or number.
• noun uncountable Harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole.
• noun countable Proper or equal share.
• noun uncountable The relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree.
• noun mathematics, countable A statement of equality between two ratios.
• noun countable size
• verb art To set or render in proportion.

• noun the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole
• noun harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design)
• noun the relation between things (or parts of things) with respect to their comparative quantity, magnitude, or degree

## Etymologies

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English proporcion, from Old French proportion, from Latin prōportiō, prōportiōn-, from prō portiōne, according to (each) part : prō, according to; see pro– + portiōne, ablative of portiō, part; see perə- in Indo-European roots.]

From Middle English proporcion, from Old French proportion, from Latin proportio ("comparative relation, proportion, symmetry, analogy"), from pro ("for, before") + portio ("share, part"); see portion.

## Examples

• When one proportion of a body is combined with two or more proportions of anotlier, it seems to enter with more difficulty into new combinations, than when it is combined wiUi one proportion*

Elements of Chemical Philosophy: Part 1, Vol.1 Humphry Davy, Sir Humphry Davy 1812

• The change in proportion is also moderated by the assumption that population growth is all in England but I want to err on the side of caution.

Our Changing Bus Newmania 2007

• Although generally attributed to Leonardo Pisano, il Figlio di (son of) Bonacci, this proportion is also found in the measurements of the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25): 2.5 cubits long by 1.5 cubits wide and high (1.5/2.5 = 0.6).

• "It's only my sense o 'duty, an' o 'what you call proportion," said

• I understand this is a slippery slope, as in proportion to the United States most states look tiny.

• I assumed that government pay-outs would fall in proportion with the loss in social security tax revenue i.e. responsibility for current government benefits due would go to the private firm or cease.

• There were no pre-hispanic “Filipinos” as a distinct cultural group, but instead a lot of separate tribes with their own cultures, the variation between which grows in proportion to their distance from each other.

• Although ANCs provide some benefits to their shareholders, those benefits may not be in proportion to the potential for waste, fraud and abuse created by the ANCs 'contracting preferences.

A drumbeat of warnings about impropriety regarding Alaska native corporation contracts Robert O'Harrow Jr. 2010

• No capitation, or other direct, tax shall be laid, unless in proportion to the census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken.

• The requirements grow linearly, in proportion to the number of folk.

Mehret Mandefro: The Revolution of Relevance Mehret Mandefro 2010