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proportion (n.)

late 14c., proporcioun, "due relation of one part to another," also "size, extent; comparative relation of one thing to another in size, degree, number, etc.," from Old French proporcion "measure, proportion" (13c.) and directly from Latin proportionem (nominative proportio) "comparative relation, analogy," from phrase pro portione "according to the relation" (of parts to each other), from pro "for" (see pro-) + ablative of *partio "division," related to pars "a part, piece, a share, a division" (from PIE root *pere- (2) "to grant, allot"). Also from late 14c. as "relation of body parts," hence "form, shape." Phrase out of proportion attested by 1670s.

My fortunes [are] as ill proportioned as your legs. [John Marston, "Antonio and Mellida," 1602]

proportion (v.)

"to adjust or regulate the proportions of; to form according to suitable or harmonious proportions," late 14c., proporciounen, from proportion (n.) and in part from Old French proporcioner and directly from Medieval Latin proportionare. Related: Proportioned; proportioning.

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Definitions of proportion from WordNet
1
proportion (n.)
the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole;
proportion (n.)
magnitude or extent;
a building of vast proportions
Synonyms: dimension
proportion (n.)
balance among the parts of something;
Synonyms: symmetry
proportion (n.)
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
Synonyms: ratio
proportion (n.)
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;
2
proportion (v.)
give pleasant proportions to;
proportion (v.)
adjust in size relative to other things;
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