# Proportion

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**in direct proportion to sth**— ► used to say that two things are connected, so that an increase in one is directly related to an increase in the other: »The level of crime in an area is almost always in direct proportion to the number of unemployed. Main Entry: ↑proportion …112

**out of proportion**— phrasal : disproportionately, excessively as the speed of a plane approaches … 750 miles an hour the amount of power needed … increases out of all proportion G.R.Harrison * * * in the wrong relation to the size, shape, or position of other things …113

**(a) sense of proportion**— a sense of proportion phrase an ability to understand the relative importance or seriousness of different things We need to keep a sense of proportion about what really matters. Thesaurus: importancesynonym Main entry: proportion …114

**blow something up out of (all) proportion**— phrase to make a situation seem much worse than it really is The incident has been blown up out of proportion. Thesaurus: to exaggerate and overstatesynonym Main entry: proportion …115

**Arithmetical proportion**— Arithmetical Ar ith*met ic*al, a. Of or pertaining to arithmetic; according to the rules or method of arithmetic. [1913 Webster] {Arithmetical complement of a logarithm}. See {Logarithm}. {Arithmetical mean}. See {Mean}. {Arithmetical… …116

**Continued proportion**— Continued Con*tin ued, p. p. & a. Having extension of time, space, order of events, exertion of energy, etc.; extended; protracted; uninterrupted; also, resumed after interruption; extending through a succession of issues, session, etc.; as, a… …117

**Harmonic proportion**— Harmonic Har*mon ic (h[aum]r*m[o^]n [i^]k), Harmonical Har*mon ic*al ( [i^]*kal), a. [L. harmonicus, Gr. armoniko s; cf. F. harmonique. See {Harmony}.] 1. Concordant; musical; consonant; as, harmonic sounds. [1913 Webster] Harmonic twang! of… …118

**Inverse proportion**— Inverse In*verse , a. [L. inversus, p. p. of invertere: cf. F. inverse. See {Invert}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Opposite in order, relation, or effect; reversed; inverted; reciprocal; opposed to {direct}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Inverted; having a… …119

**Reciprocal proportion**— Inverse In*verse , a. [L. inversus, p. p. of invertere: cf. F. inverse. See {Invert}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Opposite in order, relation, or effect; reversed; inverted; reciprocal; opposed to {direct}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Inverted; having a… …120

**Hierarchical proportion**— is a technique used in art, mostly in sculpture and painting, in which the artist uses unnatural proportion or scale to depict the relative importance of the figures in the artwork.For example, in Egyptian times, people of higher status would… …