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Noun: proportion  pru'por-shun
  1. The quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole
  2. Magnitude or extent
    "a building of vast proportions";
    - dimension
  3. Balance among the parts of something
    - symmetry
  4. The relation between things (or parts of things) with respect to their comparative quantity, magnitude, or degree
    "a dry martini has a large proportion of gin"; "an inordinate proportion of the book is given over to quotations";
    - ratio
  5. Harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design)
    "in all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal proportion";
    - proportionality, balance
Verb: proportion  pru'por-shun
  1. Give pleasant proportions to
    "red brick with white stone dressings and a beautifully proportioned hall"
  2. Adjust in size relative to other things

Derived forms: proportions, proportioning, proportioned

Type of: adjust, arrangement, balance, correct, counterbalance, equilibrium, equipoise, harmonise [Brit], harmonize, magnitude, magnitude relation, placement, quantitative relation, quotient, set

Antonym: disproportion

Encyclopedia: Proportion