# Meaning of 'proportion'

## Meaning of 'proportion' (Webster Dictionary)

- 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.

- Harmonic relation between parts, or between different things of the same kind; symmetrical arrangement or adjustment; symmetry; as, to be out of proportion.

- The portion one receives when a whole is distributed by a rule or principle; equal or proper share; lot.

- A part considered comparatively; a share.

- 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.

- The rule of three, in arithmetic, in which the three given terms, together with the one sought, are proportional. - 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.

- To form with symmetry or suitableness, as the parts of the body.

- To divide into equal or just shares; to apportion.

- Harmonic relation between parts, or between different things of the same kind; symmetrical arrangement or adjustment; symmetry; as, to be out of proportion.

- The portion one receives when a whole is distributed by a rule or principle; equal or proper share; lot.

- A part considered comparatively; a share.

- 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.

- The rule of three, in arithmetic, in which the three given terms, together with the one sought, are proportional. - 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.

- To form with symmetry or suitableness, as the parts of the body.

- To divide into equal or just shares; to apportion.

## Meaning of 'proportion' (Princeton's WordNet)

Meaning (1):

- magnitude or extent

- magnitude or extent

Example in sentence:

- a building of vast proportions

Meaning (2):

- the relation between things (or parts of things) with respect to their comparative quantity, magnitude, or degree

- the relation between things (or parts of things) with respect to their comparative quantity, magnitude, or degree

Example in sentence:

- a dry martini has a large proportion of gin;
- an inordinate proportion of the book is given over to quotations

Meaning (3):

- harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design)

- harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design)

Example in sentence:

- in all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal balance

Meaning (4):

- give pleasant proportions to

- give pleasant proportions to

Example in sentence:

- harmonize a building with those surrounding it

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