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pro·por·tion

 (prə-pôr′shən)
n.
1. A part or amount considered in relation to a whole: What is the proportion of helium in the atmosphere?
2. A relationship between things or parts of things with respect to comparative magnitude, quantity, or degree: the proper proportion between oil and vinegar in the dressing.
3. A relationship between quantities such that if one varies then another varies in a manner dependent on the first: "We do not always find visible happiness in proportion to visible virtue" (Samuel Johnson).
4. The agreeable or harmonious relation of parts within a whole: The statue seems out of proportion.
5. often proportions Dimensions; size: First measure the proportions of the room.
6. Mathematics A statement of equality between two ratios. Four quantities, a, b, c, d, are said to be in proportion if a/b = c/d .
tr.v. pro·por·tioned, pro·por·tion·ing, pro·por·tions
1. To adjust so that proper relations between parts are attained: Have you proportioned the oil in the dressing properly?
2. To form the parts of with balance or symmetry: The artist proportioned the figure nicely.

[Middle English proporcion, from Old French proportion, from Latin prōportiō, prōportiōn-, from prō portiōne, according to (each) part : prō, according to; see pro-1 + portiōne, ablative of portiō, part; see perə- in Indo-European roots.]

pro·por′tion·a·ble adj.
pro·por′tion·a·bly adv.
pro·por′tion·er n.
pro·por′tion·ment n.
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Adj.1.proportionable - proportionate
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
proportionate - being in due proportion; "proportionate representation of a minority group"
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But those towers, are not to be of the height of the front, but rather proportionable to the lower building.
Whoever can there bring sufficient proof, that he has strictly observed the laws of his country for seventy-three moons, has a claim to certain privileges, according to his quality or condition of life, with a proportionable sum of money out of a fund appropriated for that use: he likewise acquires the title of snilpall, or legal, which is added to his name, but does not descend to his posterity.
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Such a one I have hitherto found in the small island township of Leicester, in the Massachusetts Bay, where I pitch'd my tent, erecting a proportionable one to the extent of my numerous family on the sumit of a high healthy hill, where we have experienc'd the civilities and hospitality of a kind neighborhood.