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Proportional Pro*por"tion*al, a. [L. proportionalis: cf. F. proportionnel.] 1. Having a due proportion, or comparative relation; being in suitable proportion or degree; as, the parts of an edifice are proportional. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Relating to, or securing, proportion. --Hutton. [1913 Webster]

3. (Math.) Constituting a proportion; having the same, or a constant, ratio; as, proportional quantities; momentum is proportional to quantity of matter. [1913 Webster]

{Proportional logarithms}, logistic logarithms. See under {Logistic}.

{Proportional scale}, a scale on which are marked parts proportional to the logarithms of the natural numbers; a logarithmic scale.

{Proportional} {scales, compasses, dividers}, etc. (Draughting), instruments used in making copies of drawings, or drawings of objects, on an enlarged or reduced scale. [1913 Webster]


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  • Proportional — Pro*por tion*al, a. [L. proportionalis: cf. F. proportionnel.] 1. Having a due proportion, or comparative relation; being in suitable proportion or degree; as, the parts of an edifice are proportional. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Relating to, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Proportional — Pro*por tion*al, a. [L. proportionalis: cf. F. proportionnel.] 1. Having a due proportion, or comparative relation; being in suitable proportion or degree; as, the parts of an edifice are proportional. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Relating to, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Proportional logarithms — Proportional Pro*por tion*al, a. [L. proportionalis: cf. F. proportionnel.] 1. Having a due proportion, or comparative relation; being in suitable proportion or degree; as, the parts of an edifice are proportional. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Proportional scale — Proportional Pro*por tion*al, a. [L. proportionalis: cf. F. proportionnel.] 1. Having a due proportion, or comparative relation; being in suitable proportion or degree; as, the parts of an edifice are proportional. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drawing board — A 19th century architect at the drawing board A drawing board (also drawing table, drafting table or architect s table) is, in its antique form, a kind of multipurpose desk which can be used for any kind of drawing, writing or impromptu sketching …   Wikipedia

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