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Meaning of PROPORTIONAL

Pronunciation:  pru'powrshunl

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  one of the quantities in a mathematical proportion
  2. [adj]  properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'; "punishment oughtt to be proportional to the crime"; "earnings relative to production"
  3. [adj]  increasing as the amount taxed increases
 

PROPORTIONAL is a 12 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: graduated, progressive, proportionate, relative
 
 See Also: proportion, proportionality, quantity

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Pro*por"tion*al\, a. [L. proportionalis: cf. F.
    proportionnel.]
    1. Having a due proportion, or comparative relation; being in
       suitable proportion or degree; as, the parts of an edifice
       are proportional. --Milton.
    
    2. Relating to, or securing, proportion. --Hutton.
    
    3. (Math.) Constituting a proportion; having the same, or a
       constant, ratio; as, proportional quantities; momentum is
       proportional to quantity of matter.
    
    {Proportional logarithms}, logistic logarithms. See under
       {Logistic}.
    
    {Proportional scale}, a scale on which are marked parts
       proportional to the logarithms of the natural numbers; a
       logarithmic scale.
    
    {Proportional} {scales, compasses, dividers}, etc.
       (Draughting), instruments used in making copies of
       drawings, or drawings of objects, on an enlarged or
       reduced scale.
    
    
  2. \Pro*por"tion*al\, n.
    1. (Math.) Any number or quantity in a proportion; as, a mean
       proportional.
    
    2. (Chem.) The combining weight or equivalent of an element.
       [Obs.]
    
    
 

 

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