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Proportion vs. Portion

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  • Proportion (noun)

    A quantity of something that is part of the whole amount or number.

  • Proportion (noun)

    Harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole.

  • Proportion (noun)

    Proper or equal share.

  • Proportion (noun)

    The relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree.

    "the proportion of the parts of a building, or of the body"

  • Proportion (noun)

    A statement of equality between two ratios.

  • Proportion (noun)

    Size.

  • Proportion (verb)

    To set or render in proportion.

  • Portion (noun)

    An allocated amount.

  • Portion (noun)

    That which is divided off or separated, as a part from a whole; a separated part of anything.

  • Portion (noun)

    One's fate; lot.

  • Portion (noun)

    The part of an estate given or falling to a child or heir; an inheritance.

  • Portion (noun)

    A wife's fortune; a dowry.

  • Portion (verb)

    To divide into amounts, as for allocation to specific purposes.

  • Portion (verb)

    To endow with a portion or inheritance.

Wiktionary
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  • Proportion (noun)

    a part, share, or number considered in comparative relation to a whole

    "the proportion of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is rising"

  • Proportion (noun)

    the relationship of one thing to another in terms of quantity, size, or number; ratio

    "the proportion of examination to coursework"

    "the bleach can be diluted with water in the proportion one part bleach to ten parts water"

  • Proportion (noun)

    the comparative measurements or size of different parts of a whole

    "the view of what constitutes perfect bodily proportions changes from one generation to the next"

  • Proportion (noun)

    dimensions; size

    "the room, despite its ample proportions, seemed too small for him"

  • Proportion (noun)

    the correct, attractive, or ideal relationship between one thing and another or between the parts of a whole

    "perceptions of colour, form, harmony, and proportion"

  • Proportion (verb)

    adjust or regulate (something) so that it has a particular or suitable relationship to something else

    "a life after death in which happiness can be proportioned to virtue"

  • Portion (noun)

    a part of a whole

    "he could repeat large portions of Shakespeare"

    "a portion of the jetty still stands"

  • Portion (noun)

    a part of something divided between people; a share

    "she wanted the right to decide how her portion of the allowance should be spent"

  • Portion (noun)

    an amount of food suitable for or served to one person

    "burger joints offering huge portions"

    "a portion of ice cream"

  • Portion (noun)

    the part or share of an estate given or descending by law to an heir.

  • Portion (noun)

    a dowry given to a bride at her marriage

    "he'll marry her fast enough when he knows the sum of her portion"

  • Portion (noun)

    a person's destiny or lot

    "what will be my portion?"

  • Portion (verb)

    divide (something) into parts and share out

    "for centuries meadowland with common hay rights was portioned out"

  • Portion (verb)

    serve (food) in an amount suitable for one person

    "generously portioned lunches"

  • Portion (verb)

    give a dowry to (a bride)

    "my parents will portion me most handsomely"

Oxford Dictionary
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  • Proportion (noun)

    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.

  • Proportion (noun)

    Harmonic relation between parts, or between different things of the same kind; symmetrical arrangement or adjustment; symmetry; as, to be out of proportion.

  • Proportion (noun)

    The portion one receives when a whole is distributed by a rule or principle; equal or proper share; lot.

  • Proportion (noun)

    A part considered comparatively; a share.

  • Proportion (noun)

    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.

  • Proportion (noun)

    The rule of three, in arithmetic, in which the three given terms, together with the one sought, are proportional.

  • Proportion

    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.

  • Proportion

    To form with symmetry or suitableness, as the parts of the body.

  • Proportion

    To divide into equal or just shares; to apportion.

  • Portion (noun)

    That which is divided off or separated, as a part from a whole; a separated part of anything.

  • Portion (noun)

    A part considered by itself, though not actually cut off or separated from the whole.

  • Portion (noun)

    A part assigned; allotment; share; fate.

  • Portion (noun)

    The part of an estate given to a child or heir, or descending to him by law, and distributed to him in the settlement of the estate; an inheritance.

  • Portion (noun)

    A wife's fortune; a dowry.

  • Portion

    To separate or divide into portions or shares; to parcel; to distribute.

  • Portion

    To endow with a portion or inheritance.

Webster Dictionary
  • Proportion (noun)

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

  • Proportion (noun)

    magnitude or extent;

    "a building of vast proportions"

  • Proportion (noun)

    balance among the parts of something

  • Proportion (noun)

    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"

  • Proportion (verb)

    give pleasant proportions to;

    "harmonize a building with those surrounding it"

  • Proportion (verb)

    adjust in size relative to other things

  • Portion (noun)

    something determined in relation to something that includes it;

    "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself"

    "I read a portion of the manuscript"

    "the smaller component is hard to reach"

  • Portion (noun)

    something less than the whole of a human artifact;

    "the rear part of the house"

    "glue the two parts together"

  • Portion (noun)

    the result of parcelling out or sharing;

    "death gets more than its share of attention from theologicans"

  • Portion (noun)

    assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group;

    "he wanted his share in cash"

  • Portion (noun)

    your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you);

    "whatever my fortune may be"

    "deserved a better fate"

    "has a happy lot"

    "the luck of the Irish"

    "a victim of circumstances"

    "success that was her portion"

  • Portion (noun)

    an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal;

    "the helpings were all small"

    "his portion was larger than hers"

    "there's enough for two servings each"

  • Portion (verb)

    give out or allot;

    "We were assigned new uniforms"

Princeton's WordNet

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