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English Dictionary: proportional by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'; "the punishment ought to be proportional to the crime"; "earnings relative to production"
    Synonym(s): proportional, relative
  2. having a constant ratio
  1. one of the quantities in a mathematical proportion
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Logistic \Lo*gis"tic\, Logistical \Lo*gis"tic*al\, a. [Gr. [?]
      skilled in calculating, [?] to calculate, fr. lo`gos word,
      number, reckoning: cf. F. logistique.]
      1. Logical. [Obs.] --Berkeley.
      2. (Math.) Sexagesimal, or made on the scale of 60; as,
            logistic, or sexagesimal, arithmetic.
      {Logistic}, [or] {Proportional}, {logarithms}, certain
            logarithmic numbers used to shorten the calculation of the
            fourth term of a proportion of which one of the terms is a
            given constant quantity, commonly one hour, while the
            other terms are expressed in minutes and seconds; -- not
            now used.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Proportional \Pro*por"tion*al\, n.
      1. (Math.) Any number or quantity in a proportion; as, a mean
      2. (Chem.) The combining weight or equivalent of an element.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Proportional \Pro*por"tion*al\, a. [L. proportionalis: cf. F.
      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
      {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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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
      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}.
      {Bow compasses}. See {Bow-compass}.
      {Caliber compasses}, {Caliper compasses}. See {Calipers}.
      {Proportional}, {Triangular}, etc., {compasses}. See under
            {Proportional}, etc.
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