proportion
I. noun Etymology: Middle English proporcion, from Anglo-French, from Latin proportion-, proportio, from pro for + portion-, portio portion — more at for Date: 14th century 1. harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole ; balance, symmetry 2. a. proper or equal share <
each did her proportion of the work
>
b. quota, percentage 3. the relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree ; ratio 4. size, dimension 5. a statement of equality between two ratios in which the first of the four terms divided by the second equals the third divided by the fourth (as in 4/2=10/5) — compare extreme 1b, mean 1c II. transitive verb (proportioned; proportioning) Date: 14th century 1. to adjust (a part or thing) in size relative to other parts or things 2. to make the parts of harmonious or symmetrical 3. apportion, allot

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