portion

Definitions

  • A PORTION OF THE GULF
    A PORTION OF THE GULF
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v portion give out "We were assigned new uniforms"
    • n portion the allotment of some amount by dividing something "death gets more than its share of attention from theologians"
    • n portion something less than the whole of a human artifact "the rear part of the house","glue the two parts together"
    • n portion an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal "the helpings were all small","his portion was larger than hers","there's enough for two servings each"
    • n portion money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
    • n portion assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group "he wanted his share in cash"
    • n portion something determined in relation to something that includes it "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself","I read a portion of the manuscript","the smaller component is hard to reach","the animal constituent of plankton"
    • n portion your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you) "whatever my fortune may be","deserved a better fate","has a happy lot","the luck of the Irish","a victim of circumstances","success that was her portion"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Hilt and portion of blade of a swept-hilt rapier excavated at Jamestown of the 1600-1610 period Hilt and portion of blade of a swept-hilt rapier excavated at Jamestown of the 1600-1610 period
A few items unearthed at Jamestown which were used by doctors and apothecaries. Included are drug jars, ointment pot, bleeding bowl, mortar and pestle fragments, glass vials, and portions of surgical instruments A few items unearthed at Jamestown which were used by doctors and apothecaries. Included are drug jars, ointment pot,...
Portion of Carved Walnut Virginal Portion of Carved Walnut Virginal
Portion of carved cornice of pinewood Portion of carved cornice of pinewood
UPPER PORTION OF CHAIR BACK OF CUT LEATHER UPPER PORTION OF CHAIR BACK OF CUT LEATHER
"THIS IS A HALF-PORTION, SIR," SAID SAMBO "THIS IS A HALF-PORTION, SIR," SAID SAMBO
Portion of a Phœnician galley. About 700 b.c Portion of a Phœnician galley. About 700 b.c

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first television show to show any portion of a toilet was on "Leave it to Beaver." After fighting for ten weeks to show the toilet, CBS would only allow the producers to show the toilet tank, and not the whole toilet
    • Portion A part assigned; allotment; share; fate. "The lord of that servant . . . will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.""Man's portion is to die and rise again."
    • Portion A part considered by itself, though not actually cut off or separated from the whole. "These are parts of his ways; but how little a portion is heard of him!""Portions and parcels of the dreadful past."
    • Portion A wife's fortune; a dowry.
    • Portion That which is divided off or separated, as a part from a whole; a separated part of anything.
    • Portion The part of an estate given to a child or heir, or descending to him by law, and distributed to him in the settlement of the estate; an inheritance. "Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me."
    • Portion To endow with a portion or inheritance. "Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest."
    • Portion To separate or divide into portions or shares; to parcel; to distribute. "And portion to his tribes the wide domain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During Hell Week (the most grueling portion of training) the trainees get 4 hours of sleep.
    • n portion A part of a whole, whether separated from it, or considered by itself though not actually separated.
    • n portion A part assigned or contributed; a share; an allowance or allotment; hence, a helping at table.
    • n portion Lot; fate; destiny.
    • n portion The part of an estate given to a child or heir, or descending to him by law, or to be distributed to him in the settlement of the estate.
    • n portion A wife's fortune; a dowry.
    • portion To divide or distribute into portions or shares; parcel; allot in shares.
    • portion To endow with a portion or an inheritance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The full Spanish name of the city of Los Angeles is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles de la Porciuncula." Translated, it means “The town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Little Portion.”
    • n Portion pōr′shun a part: an allotment: fate: destiny: dividend: the part of an estate descending to an heir: a wife's fortune
    • v.t Portion to divide into portions: to allot a share: to furnish with a portion
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Quotations

  • William Blake
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    “When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head!”
  • Thomas Hood
    Thomas Hood
    “A certain portion of the human race has certainly a taste for being diddled.”
  • Philip II
    Philip II
    “O how small a portion of earth will hold us when we are dead, who ambitiously seek after the whole world while we are living.”
  • William Wordsworth
    William%20Wordsworth
    “That best portion of a good man's life; His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
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    “Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The only gift is a portion of thyself.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from L. portio, akin to pars, partis, a part. See Part (n.)

Usage

In literature:

Here in Mukden nearly all these towers have been taken down, but large portions of the old city walls remain.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
Other portions, for instance, the outside portions, will be very much less dense.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
The veil is rather frail, one portion of it often adhering to the cap and another portion forming a ring on the stem.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Ultimately, however, a portion of the brave band returned to the British trenches.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
He beheld her drinking deeply from the cup of dread which was the bitter portion of the strong-hearted women of the frontier.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
How Charging Only a Portion of the Plate Causes Shedding.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
This portion dates from the thirteenth century, or immediately following Suger's regime.
"The Cathedrals of Northern France" by Francis Miltoun
And fall, indeed, it did; but happily only carried away with it a portion of the eastern end.
"Architectural Antiquities of Normandy" by John Sell Cotman
It likewise removes from it a large portion of the perspiration and the more fluid portions of the oily secretion.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
But railroads seldom run through the fairest and richest portions of the country.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Which contains the largest portions of inorganic matter, plants or animals?
"The Elements of Agriculture" by George E. Waring
While under this partial shelter a portion of the enemy made their escape through this unoccupied part of the field.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
This front is the latest portion of the building with the exception of certain portions of the interior.
"Cathedrals of Spain" by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
The western portion is lower and more dissected; in the east it becomes regular but somewhat higher, better resembling a plateau.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
With the Tartars, the tail is considered the most delicious portion of their sheep, and accordingly the most honourable.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 1 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
It was their portion under the sun.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
Some portions can only be reached by water, and that in fair weather, the mountains being impassable.
"Under the Southern Cross" by Maturin M. Ballou
The name is given to the corresponding portion of the body in other animals.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
There is no distinct mouth, and food is engulfed within any portion of the soft sarcode body.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
Furnishing ourselves with provisions at the adjacent inn, we devoted some hours to the examination of the lower portion of the glacier.
"The Glaciers of the Alps" by John Tyndall
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In poetry:

"Two children shall my portion be,"
The husband cried, "out of the three.
The largest lot shall be my share,
"Because a father has the care."
"Reconciliation" by William Hutton
Sae tak til ye, neibours; read aricht the word;
It's a portion o' God's ain spell!
"Wha is my neibour?" speirna the Lord,
But, "Am I a neibour?" yersel.
"Godly Ballants" by George MacDonald
How like decaying life they seem to glide
And yet no second spring have they in store;
And where they fall, forgotten to abide
Is all their portion, and they ask no more.
"November" by John Keble
How like decaying life they seem to glide!
And yet no second spring have they in store,
But where they fall, forgotten to abide
Is all their portion, and they ask no more.
"Twenty-Third Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
Man's portion is to die and rise again -
Yet he complains, while these unmurmuring part
With their sweet lives, as pure from sin and stain,
As his when Eden held his virgin heart.
"Twenty-Third Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
Man’s portion is to die and rise again:
Yet he complains, while these unmurmuring part
With their sweet lives, as pure from sin and stain
As his when Eden held his virgin heart.
"November" by John Keble

In news:

A good portion of the people who travel down the long drive of Juanita Swedenburg's farm in Middleburg are Marylanders who have crossed the Potomac on a weekend jaunt into Virginia's wine country.
What's the Best Way to Measure Portions.
The city of Chula Vista is staging voluntary evacuations for eastern portions of the city as the deadly Harris fire continues to cut a path west.
Tyler's bustling medical district and Tyler Junior College area is slated for a crisp new look, greater accessibility and possibly a name change for portions of Beckham Avenue.
Commission will use site plan, CUP criteria for in-water portion of Naito LLC proposal.
MONROE – Crews will have to close a portion of Walkup Avenue in Monroe soon as work begins on drainage improvements.
For my upcoming fight at UFC 135 in Denver, I stayed home in Hillsboro for a good portion of my training camp, and it was great because I had my family there.
For 18 years, Washingtonians had large portions of their money unfairly taxed twice.
As California's universities welcome freshmen for the fall term, administrators and students must deal with a problem that won't go away: significant portions of these young people aren't writing at the college level .
12 portions Cake: 2 cups cake flour, unsifted 11?2 cups yellow cornmeal 2 tsps.
CUMBERLAND — The dual meet portion of the cross-country season is safely in the books.
HP will reportedly hand over a portion of the team behind its Enyo HTML5-based webOS framework to Google.
Construction is expected in 2015-16 on a $3.5-million project to widen a portion of Taylor Road in Etna Township.
Monett native Jerry Ragsdale won the 10K portion of the race with a time of 41:07.
What Goes On the Address Portion of the Envelope.
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In science:

Certainly the plot seems linear except for a portion in the range ˆξ > ∼ 2.2.
II. Territory covered by N random walkers on stochastic fractals. The percolation aggregate
The dotted portion corresponds to the Whitford (1948) curve.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
On the other hand, 1 − R(z ) portion of the branching events results in “independent” particles.
Branching annihilating random walk on random regular graphs
During this rotation, both the red and blue portions of the paper remain rigid.
When Can You Fold a Map?
He asked of me if I would be willing to handle the portions on Monte Carlo and Molecular dynamics. I readily agreed.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Therefore we should test whether this color-suppressed portion of amplitude has a large strong phase or not.
Final-state interaction and s-quark helicity conservation in B -> J/psi K*
At least 8M of evolution is needed to settle down the perturbations to an small portion of the background.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
To compute the emitted radiation and waveforms we have made a first correction to the Kerr background to take into account the portion of the energy radiated ∼ 1.3% and the angular momentum radiated ending with a black hole with mass parameter MK err ≈ 0.987Minit and aK err ≈ 0.6MK err .
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
In the limit ˜c >> 1 the portion of real eigenvalues behaves like ˜c−1 .
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results
The outer portion of the solar interior is adiabatically stratified, a consequence of efficient convective energy transport therein.
Magnetic Fields in Massive Stars. II. The Buoyant Rise of Magnetic Flux Tubes Through the Radiative Interior
Consequently, the gravitational acceleration g (r) in the inner portion of the envelope does not vary simply as r−2 , but instead depends on the detailed distribution of mass.
Magnetic Fields in Massive Stars. II. The Buoyant Rise of Magnetic Flux Tubes Through the Radiative Interior
The dots on the path in the lower and upper portions of panel (B) indicate the positions of the ring at times t = tA and 10 tA , respectively.
Magnetic Fields in Massive Stars. II. The Buoyant Rise of Magnetic Flux Tubes Through the Radiative Interior
Portions of this work were made possible by use of GRTensorII .
Invariants of the Kerr Vacuum
The shaded areas represent portions of random lattices G with a disk topology (generating function (A.12,A.13)); L = 2 trees connect the end-points, each branch giving a generating function T (A.17).
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
When a portion of the shell is rising, the corresponding wind component of luminosity decreases because of the lowered shock velocity.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
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