proportion

noun
pro·​por·​tion | \ prə-ˈpȯr-shən How to pronounce proportion (audio) \

Definition of proportion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole : balance, symmetry
2a : proper or equal share each did her proportion of the work
3 : the relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree : ratio
5 : a statement of equality between two ratios in which the first of the four terms divided by the second equals the third divided by the fourth (as in 4/2=10/5) — compare extreme sense 1b, mean sense 1c
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proportion

verb
proportioned; proportioning\ prə-​ˈpȯr-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce proportion (audio) \

Definition of proportion (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to adjust (a part or thing) in size relative to other parts or things
2 : to make the parts of harmonious or symmetrical

Examples of proportion in a Sentence

Noun His ears were drawn out of proportion with his head. The size of the window seems out of proportion with the height of the wall.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Offsetting the same proportion for the year to April 2024 would cost another £90 billion. Anna Cooban, CNN, 24 Aug. 2022 Those earning less than $10,000 would see their benefits reduced by the same proportion. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 11 July 2022 The first prong states that the number of male and female athletes must be of the same proportion as the number of male and female undergraduate students. Lori Riley, Hartford Courant, 20 June 2022 Efficacy was measured by the proportion of patients, some of whom received a 2-milligram treatment and some of whom received a 4-milligram treatment, who experienced at least 80 scalp hair coverage at 36 weeks. Allure, 15 June 2022 If the same proportion of chronic illness holds, the country should now have at least 56 million long-COVID patients. Benjamin Mazer, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 Roughly 7 in 10 adults in rural areas reported having home broadband access in 2021, Pew found; the same proportion had desktop or laptop computer. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Data provided by the city’s Recreation and Park Department last year indicated that residents from all 11 supervisor districts were visiting JFK Drive in about the same proportion as before the pandemic. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Apr. 2022 Available information suggests that Black men are a growing proportion of monkeypox cases, said Caitlin Rivers, a Johns Hopkins University expert on government response to epidemics. Mike Stobbe, Carla K. Johnson And Zeke Miller, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It can be used to proportion other parts of the face. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, 25 Aug. 2022 But Rolls doesn't build a torpedo as svelte and as classically proportioned as the DB7 and probably never will. John Phillips, Car and Driver, 20 May 2020 Like a great restaurant dish, the ingredients are of an unattainable-to-regular-folks quality and proportioned with the ideal balance of flavors and textures. Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2020 Dvir originally focused on making sure the triptychs were correctly proportioned. Michael Hardy, Wired, 23 Feb. 2020 Why would any animal be so ridiculously proportioned? Michael B. Habib, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2019 The colors were bright, the texture was soft, the Bavarian cream filling was properly proportioned and evenly distributed. al, 20 Jan. 2020 At mile eighty-one of the New York State Thruway, the gray silhouettes of the Catskills come into view, perfectly framed and proportioned. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 16 Dec. 2019 Mashburn educated herself on portion sizes during her first few months of the diet, paying attention to the serving size on labels and making sure to proportion her snacks and meals accordingly. NBC News, 30 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of proportion

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for proportion

Noun

Middle English proporcion, from Anglo-French, from Latin proportion-, proportio, from pro for + portion-, portio portion — more at for

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proportion

noun
pro·​por·​tion | \ prə-ˈpȯr-shən How to pronounce proportion (audio) \

Kids Definition of proportion

1 : the size, number, or amount of one thing or group of things as compared to that of another thing or group of things The proportion of boys to girls in our class is two to one.
2 : a balanced or pleasing arrangement The oversize garage is out of proportion with the house.
3 : a statement of the equality of two ratios (as ⁴/₂ = ¹⁰/₅)
4 : a fair or just share I did my proportion of the work.
5 : size, shape, or extent of something It was a crisis of large proportions.

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