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See also: Proportion
From Middle English proporcion, from Old French proportion, from Latin prōportiō (“comparative relation, proportion, symmetry, analogy”), from pro (“for, before”) + portio (“share, part”); see portion.
- (General American) IPA(key): /pɹəˈpɔɹʃən/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɹəˈpɔːʃən/
- (rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /pɹəˈpo(ː)ɹʃən/
- (non-rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /pɹəˈpoəʃən/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)ʃən
- Hyphenation: pro‧por‧tion
- (countable) A quantity of something that is part of the whole amount or number.
- 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter VI, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
- “I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera, the gorged dowagers, the worn-out, passionless men, the enervated matrons of the summer capital, […]!”
- (uncountable) Harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole.
- (countable) Proper or equal share.
- The relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree.
- the proportion of the parts of a building, or of the body
- (Can we date this quote?) Lancelot Ridley
- The image of Christ, made after his own proportion.
- (Can we date this quote?) Sir Walter Scott
- Formed in the best proportions of her sex.
- (Can we date this quote?) Thomas Macaulay
- Documents are authentic and facts are true precisely in proportion to the support which they afford to his theory.
- (mathematics, countable) A statement of equality between two ratios.
- (countable, chiefly in the plural) Size.
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
- The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; […] . Now she had come to look upon the matter in its true proportions, and her anticipation of a possible chance of teaching him a lesson was a pleasure to behold.
- 2012 May 20, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Marge Gets A Job” (season 4, episode 7; originally aired 11/05/1992)”, in The Onion AV Club:
- What other television show would feature a gorgeously designed sequence where a horrifically mutated Pierre and Marie Curie, their bodies swollen to Godzilla-like proportions from prolonged exposure to the radiation that would eventually kill them, destroy an Asian city with their bare hands like vengeance-crazed monster-Gods?
quantity that is part of the whole
- (arts) To set or render in proportion.
- proportion in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- proportion in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
proportion f (plural proportions)