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English noun: proportion

1. proportion the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole

Broader (hypernym)quotient

Narrower (hyponym)batting average, case-fatality proportion, case-to-infection proportion, case-to-infection ratio, content, golden mean, golden section, pct, per centum, percent, percentage, rate, scale

Part holonymproportional

2. proportion (attribute) magnitude or extent

SamplesA building of vast proportions.


Broader (hypernym)magnitude

3. proportion (shape) balance among the parts of something


Broader (hypernym)balance, counterbalance, equilibrium, equipoise


4. proportion the relation between things (or parts of things) with respect to their comparative quantity, magnitude, or degree

SamplesAn inordinate proportion of the book is given over to quotations.
A dry martini has a large proportion of gin.


Broader (hypernym)magnitude relation, quantitative relation

5. proportion (attribute) harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design)

SamplesIn all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal balance.

Synonymsbalance, proportionality

Broader (hypernym)arrangement, placement

English verb: proportion

1. proportion (change) give pleasant proportions to

SamplesHarmonize a building with those surrounding it.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)harmonise, harmonize

2. proportion (change) adjust in size relative to other things

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)adjust, correct, set

Narrower (hyponym)scale down, scale up

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