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Meaning & Definition of Proportion in English

English

Proportion

/prəpɔrʃən/

noun

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

    synonym:
  • proportion

2. Magnitude or extent

  • "A building of vast proportions"
    synonym:
  • proportion
  • ,
  • dimension

3. Balance among the parts of something

    synonym:
  • symmetry
  • ,
  • proportion

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

  • "An inordinate proportion of the book is given over to quotations"
  • "A dry martini has a large proportion of gin"
    synonym:
  • proportion
  • ,
  • 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 balance"- john ruskin
    synonym:
  • proportion
  • ,
  • proportionality
  • ,
  • balance

verb

1. Give pleasant proportions to

  • "Harmonize a building with those surrounding it"
    synonym:
  • proportion

2. Adjust in size relative to other things

    synonym:
  • proportion

Examples of using

The punishment should be in proportion to the crime.