[pruh-pawr-shuhnd, -pohr-]

1350–1400; Middle English proporcioned. See proportion, -ed2

nonproportioned, adjective
underproportioned, adjective
unproportioned, adjective
well-proportioned, adjective Unabridged


[pruh-pawr-shuhn, -pohr-]
comparative relation between things or magnitudes as to size, quantity, number, etc.; ratio.
proper relation between things or parts: to have tastes way out of proportion to one's financial means.
relative size or extent.
proportions, dimensions or size: a rock of gigantic proportions.
a portion or part in its relation to the whole: A large proportion of the debt remains.
symmetry, harmony, or balance: an architect with a sense of proportion.
the significance of a thing or event that an objective view reveals: You must try to see these mishaps in proportion.
Mathematics. a relation of four quantities such that the first divided by the second is equal to the third divided by the fourth; the equality of ratios. Compare rule of three.
Archaic. analogy; comparison.
verb (used with object)
to adjust in proper proportion or relation, as to size, quantity, etc.
to balance or harmonize the proportions of.

1350–1400; Middle English proporcio(u)n < Latin prōportiōn- (stem of prōportiō) symmetry, analogy. See pro-1, portion

proportioner, noun
proportionless, adjective
misproportion, noun
reproportion, verb (used with object)
superproportion, noun

1. comparison. 5. share. 6. distribution, arrangement. See symmetry. 10. regulate, arrange, balance, harmonize. Unabridged
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proportion (prəˈpɔːʃən)
1.  the relationship between different things or parts with respect to comparative size, number, or degree; relative magnitude or extent; ratio
2.  the correct or desirable relationship between parts of a whole; balance or symmetry
3.  a part considered with respect to the whole
4.  (plural) dimensions or size: a building of vast proportions
5.  a share, part, or quota
6.  maths a relationship that maintains a constant ratio between two variable quantities: x increases in direct proportion to y
7.  maths a relationship between four numbers or quantities in which the ratio of the first pair equals the ratio of the second pair
8.  to adjust in relative amount, size, etc
9.  to cause to be harmonious in relationship of parts
[C14: from Latin prōportiō (a translation of Greek analogia), from phrase prō portione, literally: for (its, his, one's) portion]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "due relation of one part to another," also "size or extent," from O.Fr. proportion (13c.), from L. proportionem (nom. proportio) "comparative relation, analogy," from phrase pro portione "according to the relation" (of parts to each other), from pro "for" + abl. of *partio "division," related
to pars (see part). The verb "to adjust or regulate the proportions of" is attested from late 14c. Phrase out of proportion first attested 1710.
"My fortunes [are] as ill proportioned as your legs." [John Marston, "Antonio and Mellida," 1602]
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Science Dictionary
proportion   (prə-pôr'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
A statement of equality between two ratios. Four quantities, a, b, c, and d, are said to be in proportion if a/b = c/d .
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Example sentences
It takes me the longest time to find pants long enough, and shirts proportioned
  well for my body type.
The enfilade of modestly proportioned rooms expresses the purpose of this
  earthly paradise as well as its design.
The stands are generously proportioned, the colours soothingly neutral and the
  aisles thickly carpeted.
If a global financial meltdown would occur, the currency reform would be done
  proportioned to all countries involved.
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