Proportion vs Shrinkage - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between proportion and shrinkage

is that proportion is (lb) a quantity of something that is part of the whole amount or number while shrinkage is the act of shrinking, or the proportion by which something shrinks.

As a verb proportion

is (arts) to set or render in proportion.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • (lb) A quantity of something that is part of the whole amount or number.
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  • *:“I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion —which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera, the gorged dowagers, the worn-out, passionless men, the enervated matrons of the summer capital,!”
  • (lb) Harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole.
  • (lb) Proper or equal share.
  • *(Jeremy Taylor) (1613–1677)
  • *:Let the womendo the same things in their proportions and capacities.
  • The relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree.
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  • *(Lancelot Ridley) (ca.1500-1576)
  • *:The image of Christ, made after his own proportion .
  • *Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
  • *:Formed in the best proportions of her sex.
  • * (1800-1859)
  • *:Documents are authentic and facts are true precisely in proportion to the support which they afford to his theory.
  • A statement of equality between two ratios.
  • Size.
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  • , title= TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Marge Gets A Job” (season 4, episode 7; originally aired 11/05/1992) , work=The Onion AV Club , passage=What other television show would feature a gorgeously designed sequence where a horrifically mutated Pierre and Marie Curie, their bodies swollen to Godzilla-like proportions from prolonged exposure to the radiation that would eventually kill them, destroy an Asian city with their bare hands like vengeance-crazed monster-Gods?}}

    Derived terms

    * in proportion * proportional * proportionally * proportionate * proportioner


    (en verb)
  • (arts) To set or render in proportion.
  • shrinkage



  • The act of shrinking, or the proportion by which something shrinks.
  • The loss of merchandise through theft, spoilage, and obsolescence.
  • (slang) The reduction in size of the male genitalia when cold, such as from immersion in cold water.
  • * 1994 Peter Mehlman & Carol Leifer, "The Hamptons," Seinfeld , Season 5, Episode 20 (aired May 12, 1994), Spoken by Jerry Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld)
  • Do women know about shrinkage ?
  • * 2006 Steve Gerali, Teenage Guys: Exploring Issues Adolescent Guys Face and Strategies to Help Them, Zondervan, p63
  • This is why guys experience "shrinkage " after they've been swimming.
  • * 2008 Anthony William Brownless, Billy's Book for Blokes, Allen & Unwin
  • That'll get their blood flowing. ... getting the blood flowing coz just the mere thought of jumping into that icy water was starting to get the shrinkage going.
  • * 2010 Fran Capo, Art Zuckerman & Susan Zuckerman, "Polar Bear Clubs," It Happened in New York City: Remarkable Events That Shaped History , Globe Pequot, p51
  • And of course, one of the most important questions of all, especially among male plungers, is, "What about shrinkage ?!"