Definitions of proportion

  1. To form symmetrically, or make the parts of suitable to each other; to cause to be in suitable relation.
  2. To adjust: to form symmetrically.
  3. To form; make symetrical.
  4. To separate into portions.
  5. adjust in size relative to other things
  6. give pleasant proportions to; " harmonize a building with those surrounding it"
  7. To adjust the comparative relation of one thing to another; to form symmetrically. Harmonical proportion, a relation of three or four quantities such that the first is to the last as the difference between the two first is to the difference between to the two last. Inverse proportion, a proportion where the ratio of first to second is as that of fourth to third. In proportion, according as.
  8. To adjust the comparative relation of one thing, or one part, to another; to form symmetrically; to divide into equal or just shares.
  9. magnitude or extent; " a building of vast proportions"
  10. the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole
  11. 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.
  12. Harmonic relation between parts, or between different things of the same kind; symmetrical arrangement or adjustment; symmetry; as, to be out of proportion.
  13. A part considered comparatively; a share.
  14. 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.
  15. The rule of three, in arithmetic, in which the three given terms, together with the one sought, are proportional.
  16. 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.
  17. To form with symmetry or suitableness, as the parts of the body.
  18. To divide into equal or just shares; to apportion.
  19. The relation in size, quantity, or degree of one to another; ratio or rate; a proper balance or relation of all the parts; equal or just share.
  20. The relation of one thing to another in regard to magnitude: mutual fitness of parts: symmetrical arrangement: ( math.) the identity or equality of ratios: the " rule of three," in which three terms are given to find a fourth: equal or just share.
  21. Relation of one thing to another; fitness of parts; just share; similarity of ratios.
  22. Relative magnitude, number, or degree.
  23. Fitness and harmony; symmetry.
  24. A proportionate share; any share or part.
  25. An equality or Identity between ratios.
  26. The comparative relation of any one thing to another; symmetry; a suitable adaptation of one part or thing to another; the identity or similitude of two rations; equal or just share; a rule by which, when three numbers are given, a fourth number is found; an equality of arithmetical ratios.
  27. Relation or correspondence of parts between unequal things of the same kind; symmetry; in arith., a rule in which three terms are given to find a fourth; in geom., the identity, equality, or similitude of ratios; mutual fitness or correspondence of parts to each other, and to the whole; equal degree; equal or just share; form; size.