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Definition of Proportion


  1. 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.
  2. Harmonic relation between parts, or between different things of the same kind; symmetrical arrangement or adjustment; symmetry; as, to be out of proportion.
  3. The portion one receives when a whole is distributed by a rule or principle; equal or proper share; lot.
  4. A part considered comparatively; a share.
  5. 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.
  6. The rule of three, in arithmetic, in which the three given terms, together with the one sought, are proportional.
  7. 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.
  8. To form with symmetry or suitableness, as the parts of the body.
  9. To divide into equal or just shares; to apportion.

Proportion Quotations

The dark side of social media is that, within seconds, anything can be blown out of proportion and taken out of context. And it's very difficult not to get swept up in it all.
Nicola Formichetti

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
Vince Lombardi

Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.
Ernest Hemingway

Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.
John Galsworthy

The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives.
Armistead Maupin
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Proportion Translations

proportion in Afrikaans is verhouding
proportion in Dutch is evenredigheid, proportie, verhouding
proportion in French is proportion
proportion in Italian is riferimento, dosaggio
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