Definition of in proportion in English:

in proportion


  • 1According to a particular relationship in size, amount, or degree.

    ‘each region was represented in proportion to its population’
    • ‘Once they compensated for this response, the team deciphered the crumpled sheet's behavior and found that the force required for compression increases in proportion to the size of the scrunched sheet raised to a negative power.’
    • ‘This pair of 3D models show what a man would look like if his body parts were sized in proportion to the area of the brain concerned with its sensory perception or its movement.’
    • ‘A big note needs a big stick to create the correct effect and the sizes go down in proportion with the notes.’
    • ‘Briefly, 144 species of (mainly herbaceous) angiosperms were selected using pro rata sampling, i.e. species were sampled in proportion to the number of species in each order.’
    • ‘Creatinine is excreted in proportion to muscle mass, and its concentration remains relatively constant on a daily basis.’
    • ‘The expectations in the county grew in proportion to the success of the minor team.’
    • ‘Housing grants under the Rural Development Programme are allocated in proportion to household income as compared to the median income of the surrounding area.’
    • ‘Within the theropods lineage leading to birds, the forelimbs lengthened in proportion to the hindlimbs, and the hand elongated in relation to the rest of the forelimb.’
    • ‘Thus, most minor amino acids varied in proportion to each other, but correlated relatively poorly with total amino acids.’
    • ‘The fairest way of doing this is by making pro-rata payments so that creditors are paid in proportion to what they are owed.’
    1. 1.1In comparison with; in relation to.
      ‘the cuckoo's eggs are unusually small in proportion to its size’
      • ‘Through much of the eighteenth century, muntins, the thin bars that divide panes of glass in a window sash, were relatively shallow in proportion to their depth.’
      • ‘Modulation involves raising or lowering the frequency of the carrier wave in proportion to the analogue signal.’
      • ‘It seems that the risks then are higher in proportion to the actual benefit these masts will provide.’
      • ‘There were Campbells involved certainly, and two of them were leaders, although the newly appointed head of the visitor centre is insistent that they were few in number in proportion to the whole contingent.’
      • ‘The lightning produces an electromagnetic signal which travels around the world at the speed of light with an intensity in proportion to the thunderstorm activity.’
      • ‘But the corrected time gets us within ten minutes of the leader (which, if one thinks of it in proportion to the total time, is quite a wide margin).’
      • ‘Calculations prove they have the most powerful muscles in proportion to their weight compared to any other living creature yet studied and this helps to account for their special taste on the plate.’
      • ‘As has been shown for other bird taxa, smaller species of cuckoos and hosts lay relatively larger eggs in proportion to their body mass.’
      • ‘Children's brains and other organs develop as they grow, and they eat a large amount of food in proportion to their body sizes.’
      • ‘Some used quantum tunnelling composites materials that change their electrical resistance in proportion to the amount of pressure applied to them.’
      relative to, proportionate to, proportional to, commensurate with, corresponding to
    2. 1.2In the correct or appropriate relation to the size, shape, or position of other things.
      ‘her figure was completely in proportion’
      • ‘He said other studies of female attractiveness showed that when images of real women are examined, whether their figure is in proportion was considered the most important feature.’
      • ‘The argument for authenticity also hinges on the assumption that the footprints show a foot skeleton unique in proportion relative to human feet.’
      • ‘Accuracy in proportion and a high level of anatomical detail are equally important.’
      • ‘If all areas are in proportion, you have good symmetry.’
      • ‘Mixing involves adjusting the individual volume levels so they appear to the viewer as balanced and in proportion.’
      • ‘Everything seems oversized, yet in proportion, and by summer she will qualify as the world's longest, largest, tallest, and most expensive passenger ship ever built.’
      • ‘When you are structuring your fitness programme, apart from your cardio segment, ensure that your weight training segment is geared towards keeping your body in proportion at all times.’
      congruous, coordinated, matching, balanced, proportional, in proportion, compatible, well matched, well proportioned, well balanced
    3. 1.3Correctly or realistically regarded in terms of relative importance or seriousness.
      ‘the problem has to be kept in proportion’
      • ‘By all accounts, it was an isolated incident involving at worst only one or two people in a crowd of 1,600, so it must be kept in proportion.’
      • ‘However, the threat must be kept in proportion.’
      • ‘Impressive as the quantities of imports from outside Europe undoubtedly were, they still need to be kept in proportion.’
      • ‘For all those people muttering into their breakfast cereal about the world wine glut, here's a small statistic from the just-completed southern hemisphere vintage to help keep tales of gloom in proportion.’
      • ‘But you have to keep these things in proportion - you can't create a fortress.’
      • ‘So the stories that they are covering are actually reported in proportion and in context of the threat, as your former guest was talking about.’
      • ‘We've got to keep the discussion in proportion.’
      • ‘Like all of these things, we need to see it in proportion.’
      • ‘I think it is wise to keep this phenomenon in proportion, however.’
      • ‘It was good to hear someone in his position put the matter in proportion and to cut through the hype that surrounds football, especially among the big-name teams.’