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1    of, involving, or being in proportion  
2      (Maths)   having or related by a constant ratio  
3      (Maths)   an unknown term in a proportion  
in a/b = c/x, x is the fourth proportional     
  proportionality      n  
  proportionally      adv  

proportional counter  
      n   an instrument for detecting and measuring the intensity of ionizing radiation. It is similar to a Geiger counter but operates at a lower potential difference such that the magnitude of the discharge is directly proportional to the number of gas molecules ionized by the detected particle. This may permit the identification of the particle or the determination of its energy  
proportional representation  
      n   representation of parties in an elective body in proportion to the votes they win,   (Abbrev.)    PR      Compare       first-past-the-post  
See also  
    Additional Member System       Alternative Vote       party list       Single Transferable Vote  
proportional spacing  
      n   a feature of some typewriters and other output devices whereby the space allotted to each character is determined by the width of the character  
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   , proportionate  
balanced, commensurate, comparable, compatible, consistent, correspondent, corresponding, equitable, equivalent, even, in proportion, just  
   different, discordant, disproportionate, dissimilar, incommensurable, incompatible, inconsistent, unequal  

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