Definition of


  1. (noun, linkdef) the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole
  2. (noun, attribute) magnitude or extent
  3. (noun, shape) balance among the parts of something
  4. (noun, linkdef) 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
  5. (noun, attribute) harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design)
  6. (verb, change) give pleasant proportions to
  7. (verb, change) adjust in size relative to other things

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Synonyms of Proportion

balance, dimension, proportionality, ratio, symmetry

Antonyms of Proportion


Origin of the word Proportion

  1. 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 v… more

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Words that sound like Proportion

perforation, pervaporation, preparation, property man

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