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Definition of Proportion

  • 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.
  • harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design)
  • magnitude or extent
  • the relation between things (or parts of things) with respect to their comparative quantity, magnitude, or degree
  • the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole
  • balance among the parts of something
  • adjust in size relative to other things
  • give pleasant proportions to

How to use proportion in a sentence. Proportion pronunciation.

The fact is, the freighting business had grown to such important proportions that there was nearly as much excitement over suddenly acquired toll-road fortunes as over the wonderful silver mines.
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Then he would get out a greasy sheet of paper which showed that the portion of rock assayed had given evidence of containing silver and gold in the proportion of so many hundreds or thousands of dollars to the ton.
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His power of will is in inverse proportion to his fluency of speech.
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The young hero is a blazing ass, who is in love with two girls at the same time, and whose fluency of speech is in inverse proportion to his power of will.
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Every man who has studied warfare knows that the least of all perils is the bullet of the enemy, for only a small proportion are released by that.
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And both remind one of certain little blood-sucking animals which eat their way most obstinately into the surface of a foreign body in proportion as it is slippery and steep.
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We passed it along from bench to bench, until we found that a very large proportion of the conference had the same impression.
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Often, as wealth increases liberality is starved out, and the rich give far less than the poor in proportion to their means and ability.
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He says, "Our country and professors of religion in it have become 'rich and increased in goods,' but I fear that a due proportion is not returned to the Giver of every good.
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And as to giving _so much_, it is God who enables me to do it; for, at my conversion, I solemnly promised that I would give to his cause a fixed proportion of all that my business brought in to me; and every year since I made that promise, it has brought me in about double what it did the year before, so that I easily can, as I do, double my gifts for his service.
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She was accustomed to say that the desire to leave a posterity, and to be represented after our death by beings who owe their life and position to us, was a sentiment deeply engraved in the heart of man; that this desire, which was so natural, and which she had felt so deeply as wife and mother, this desire to have children to survive and continue us on earth, was still more augmented when we had a high destiny to transmit to them; that in Napoleon's peculiar position, as founder of a vast empire, it was impossible he should long resist a sentiment which is at the bottom of every heart, and which, if it is true that this sentiment increases in proportion to the inheritance we leave our children, no one could experience more fully than Napoleon, for no one had yet possessed so formidable a power on the earth; that the course of nature having made her sterility a hopeless evil, it was her duty to be the first to sacrifice the sentiments of her heart to the good of the state, and the personal happiness of Napoleon sad but powerful reasoning, which policy invoked in aid of the divorce, and of which this excellent princess in the illusion of her devotion thought herself convinced in the depths of her heart.
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Her gown, trimmed with a collar of lace, left the neck free; the maiden cincture at her waist did no violence to natural proportion.
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For close upon thirty years the family had lived in houses of which the rent was out of all reasonable proportion to their means; at present, with a total income of one hundred and sixty pounds (Mr. Morgan called himself a commission agent, and seldom had anything to do), they paid in rent and rates a matter of fifty-five, and bemoaned the fate which neighboured them with people only by courtesy to be called gentlefolk.
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A very large proportion of the servant-keeping females in Brixton, Camberwell, and Peckham could not, with any confidence, buy a chemise or a pair of stockings; and when it came to garments visible, they were lost indeed.
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There is nothing that marks the born dramatist more unmistakably than this discovery of comedy in his own misfortunes almost in proportion to the pathos with which the ordinary man announces their tragedy.
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In proportion as he followed Truth day by day, she flew before and eluded him, taking, like an unpleasant vision, the form of the thousand-headed Chimera.
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He admired her as he would admire a rare plant, a beautiful object, an exquisite work, in which nature had combined physical and moral grace with perfect proportion and harmony.
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He had increased the retinue of his house in proportion to his new resources.
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He is above the average height, but his corpulent figure does not indicate that he is full five feet nine inches in height, because his girth is of like proportion.
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They, of course, had not failed to advance in fair proportion with the national prosperity.
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Examples of Proportion

Example #1
The ends of them were hanging over the boundary line everywhere like a fringe.
Example #2
When they adjourned it was estimated that every citizen owned about three franchises, and it was believed that unless Congress gave the Territory another degree of longitude there would not be room enough to accommodate the toll-roads.
Example #3
I little knew, then, that the custom was to hunt out the richest piece of rock and get it assayed!
Example #4
Very often, that piece, the size of a filbert, was the only fragment in a ton that had a particle of metal in it-and yet the assay made it pretend to represent the average value of the ton of rubbish it came from!
Example #5
The typical Russian, as portrayed by Turgenev, says much, and does little; Solomin lives a life of cheerful, reticent activity.
Example #6
Amid all the vain babble of the other characters, Solomin stands out salient, the man who will eventually save Russia without knowing it.