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Proportion, subst. 1) comparative relation: “the realms of England, France and Ireland bear that p. to my flesh and blood as did the fatal brand . . . . unto the prince's heart of Calydon,” H6B I, 1, 233. “and part in just p. our small strength,” R3 V, 3, 26. “your enemies are many and not small; their practices must bear the same p.” H8 V, 1, 130. “would thou hadst less deserved, that the p. both of thanks and payment might have been mine,” Mcb. I, 4, 19 (== that it had been in my power to reward thee in proportion).
2) due relation, symmetry, order: “you would have married her most shamefully, where there was no p. held in love,” Wiv. V, 5, 235. “why should we in the compass of a pale keep form and law and due p.” R2 III, 4, 41. “when time is broke and no p. kept,” V, 5, 43. “but thou, 'gainst all p., didst bring in wonder to wait on treason and on murder,” H5 II, 2, 109. “whom to disobey were against all p. of subjection,” IV, 1, 153. “the planets and this centre observe degree, priority and place, insisture, course, p., season, form,” Troil. I, 3, 87. “keeps time, distance and p.” Rom. II, 4, 22.
3) measure: “a second Hector for his grim aspect and large p. of his strong-knit limbs,” H6A II, 3, 21. “what you see is but the smallest part and least p. of humanity,” H6A II, 3, 21 “dost thou not usurp the just p. of my sorrow?” R3 IV, 4, 110. “will you with counters sum the past p. of his infinite?” Troil. II, 2, 29 (the greatness beyond measure). Even == metre, cadence: “what? in metre? In any p. or in any language,” Meas. I, 2, 23; cf. R2 V, 5, 43.
4) form, shape: “there must be needs a like p. of lineaments, of manners and of spirit,” Merch. III, 4, 14. “extended or contracted all --s to a most hideous object,” All's V, 3, 51. “I thought King Henry had resembled thee in courage, courtship and p.” H6B I, 3, 57. I that “am curtailed of this fair p.” R3 I, 1, 18. “well mayst thou know her by thine own p., for up and down she doth resemble thee,” Tit. V, 2, 106.
5) calculation: “whose power was in the first p.” H4A IV, 4, 15. “the just p. that we gave them out,” H4B IV, 1, 23. “lay down our --s to defend against the Scot,” H5 I, 2, 137. “let our --s for these wars be soon collected,” H5 I, 2, 137 “so the --s of defence are filled,” II, 4, 45. the levies, the lists and full --s are all made out of his subject, Hml, I, 2, 32 (estimation of supplies).
6) portion, allotment, fortune: “I have received my p.” Gent. II, 3, 3. “her promised --s came short of composition,” Meas. V, 219. “three or four thousand chequins were as pretty a p. to live quietly,” Per. IV, 2, 29.
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