golden section

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golden section

A ratio, observed especially in the fine arts, between the two dimensions of a plane figure or the two divisions of a line such that the smaller is to the larger as the larger is to the sum of the two, a ratio of roughly three to five. Also called golden ratio.

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(Art Terms) the proportion of the two divisions of a straight line or the two dimensions of a plane figure such that the smaller is to the larger as the larger is to the sum of the two. If the sides of a rectangle are in this proportion and a square is constructed internally on the shorter side, the rectangle that remains will also have sides in the same proportion. Compare golden ratio

gold′en sec′tion

a ratio between two portions of a line, or the two dimensions of a plane figure, in which the lesser of the two is to the greateras the greater is to the sum of both: a ratio of approximately 0.618 to 1.000.
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Noun1.golden section - the proportional relation between two divisions of line or two dimension of a plane figure such that short : long :: long : (short + long)
proportion - the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole
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