Portion
Portion Por"tion, n. [F., from L. portio, akin to pars, partis, a part. See {Part}, n.] 1. That which is divided off or separated, as a part from a whole; a separated part of anything. [1913 Webster]

2. A part considered by itself, though not actually cut off or separated from the whole. [1913 Webster]

These are parts of his ways; but how little a portion is heard of him! --Job xxvi. 14. [1913 Webster]

Portions and parcels of the dreadful past. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. A part assigned; allotment; share; fate. [1913 Webster]

The lord of that servant . . . will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. --Luke xii. 46. [1913 Webster]

Man's portion is to die and rise again. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

4. 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. [1913 Webster]

Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. --Luke xv. 12. [1913 Webster]

5. A wife's fortune; a dowry. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Division; share; parcel; quantity; allotment; dividend.

Usage: {Portion}, {Part}. Part is generic, having a simple reference to some whole. Portion has the additional idea of such a division as bears reference to an individual, or is allotted to some object; as, a portion of one's time; a portion of Scripture. [1913 Webster]


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  • Portion — Portion …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • portion — [ pɔrsjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1160; lat. portio 1 ♦ Part qui revient à qqn. ♢ Spécialt Quantité de nourriture, partie d un mets destinée à une personne. ⇒ ration. « Une tranche de pain et une “portion”, dans une gamelle » (Duhamel). Portion de gâteau. ⇒ 1 …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • portion — UK US /ˈpɔːʃən/ noun [C] ► a part or share of something larger: »A large portion of the company s profits is ploughed back into new projects. »These products account for a relatively small portion of sales. ► COMMERCE the amount of a particular… …   Financial and business terms

  • Portion — Sf std. (16. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. portio ( ōnis), wohl verwandt mit l. pars ( rtis) Teil .    Ebenso nndl. portie, ne. portion, nfrz. portion, nschw. portion, nnorw. porsjon; Proportion. ✎ DF 2 (1942), 602f.; Röhrich 2 (1992), 1192.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • portion — [pôr′shən] n. [OFr < L portio (gen. portionis), portion < * partio < pars, PART1] 1. a part or limited quantity of anything, esp. that allotted to a person; share 2. the part of an estate received by an heir 3. the part of a man s money… …   English World dictionary

  • Portion — Por tion, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Portioned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Portioning}.] 1. To separate or divide into portions or shares; to parcel; to distribute. [1913 Webster] And portion to his tribes the wide domain. Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. To endow with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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