Portion Por"tion, n. [F., from L. portio, akin to pars, partis, a part. See {Part}, n.] 1. That which is divided off or separated, as a part from a whole; a separated part of anything. [1913 Webster]

2. A part considered by itself, though not actually cut off or separated from the whole. [1913 Webster]

These are parts of his ways; but how little a portion is heard of him! --Job xxvi. 14. [1913 Webster]

Portions and parcels of the dreadful past. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. A part assigned; allotment; share; fate. [1913 Webster]

The lord of that servant . . . will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. --Luke xii. 46. [1913 Webster]

Man's portion is to die and rise again. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

4. 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. [1913 Webster]

Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. --Luke xv. 12. [1913 Webster]

5. A wife's fortune; a dowry. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Division; share; parcel; quantity; allotment; dividend.

Usage: {Portion}, {Part}. Part is generic, having a simple reference to some whole. Portion has the additional idea of such a division as bears reference to an individual, or is allotted to some object; as, a portion of one's time; a portion of Scripture. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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