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proportion

noun [C/U]  /prəˈpɔr·ʃən/ us  
a part or share of the whole, or the relationship between one thing and another in size, amount, or degree: [C] The proportion of the population that is over 65 has been growing. [pl] The occurrence of the disease has reached epidemic proportions. Proportion is also the right relationship between one thing and another: [U] His anger was out of all proportion to the offense (= was much too strong). art Proportion is also the correct relationship of the parts of a work of art to each other, especially in their size. mathematics A proportion is also a equation (= mathematical statement) that shows two ratios (= comparisons) are equal.
Translations of “proportion”
in Korean 비율, 균형…
in Arabic نِسْبة…
in French proportion, pourcentage…
in Turkish oran, nispet, miktar…
in Italian parte, percentuale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 數量, 部分, 份額…
in Russian часть, доля…
in Polish proporcja…
in Spanish proporción…
in Portuguese parte, porcentagem…
in German der Teil, das Verhältnis…
in Catalan proporció, percentatge…
in Japanese 割合, 比率…
in Chinese (Simplified) 数量, 部分, 份额…
(Definition of proportion from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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