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Definition of PROPORTIONAL

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Compasses \Com"pass*es\, n., pl.
     An instrument for describing circles, measuring figures, etc., consisting of two, or (rarely) more, pointed branches, or legs, usually joined at the top by a rivet on which they move. [1913 Webster]

     Note: The compasses for drawing circles have adjustable pen points, pencil points, etc.; those used for measuring without adjustable points are generally called dividers. See {Dividers}. [1913 Webster]

     {Bow compasses}. See {Bow-compass}.

     {Caliber compasses}, {Caliper compasses}. See {Calipers}.

     {Proportional}, {Triangular}, etc., {compasses}. See under {Proportional}, etc. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Proportional \Pro*por"tion*al\, n.
     1. (Math.) Any number or quantity in a proportion; as, a mean proportional. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Chem.) The combining weight or equivalent of an element. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Proportional \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. [1913 Webster]

     2. Relating to, or securing, proportion. --Hutton. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Math.) Constituting a proportion; having the same, or a constant, ratio; as, proportional quantities; momentum is proportional to quantity of matter. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

68 Moby Thesaurus words for "proportional":
     3-D, affinitive, analogical, analogous, appertaining, associative, balanced, commensurable, commensurate, comparable, comparative, compatible, congenial, connective, consistent, contingent, correlated, correlative, corresponding, cubic, dependent, dimensional, distributional, distributive, en rapport, equal, even stephen, fifty-fifty, flat, fourth-dimensional, half, half-and-half, halvers, harmonious, in accordance with, linking, particular, per capita, per head, pertaining, pertinent, pro rata, proportionable, proportionate, proportioned, prorated, reciprocal, referable, referring, related, relating, relational, relative, respective, several, space, space-time, spatial, spatiotemporal, spherical, stereoscopic, superficial, surface, symmetrical, sympathetic, three-dimensional, two-dimensional, volumetric


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