Hypertext Webster Gateway: "portion"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Portion \Por"tion\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Portioned}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Portioning}.]
1. To separate or divide into portions or shares; to parcel;
to distribute.

And portion to his tribes the wide domain. --Pope.

2. To endow with a portion or inheritance.

Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

2. 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! --Job xxvi.

Portions and parcels of the dreadful past.

3. A part assigned; allotment; share; fate.

The lord of that servant . . . will appoint him his
portion with the unbelievers. --Luke xii.

Man's portion is to die and rise again. --Keble.

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.

Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.
--Luke xv. 12.

5. A wife's fortune; a dowry. --Shak.

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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: 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" [syn: {part}, {component
part}, {component}]
2: something less than the whole of a human artifact: "the rear
part of the house"; "glue the two parts together" [syn: {part}]
3: the result of parcelling out or sharing; "death gets more
than its share of attention from theologicans" [syn: {parcel},
4: assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an
individual person or group; "he wanted his share in cash"
[syn: {share}, {part}, {percentage}]
5: 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" [syn: {fortune}, {destiny}, {fate},
{luck}, {lot}, {circumstances}]
6: an individual portion of food or drink: "the helpings were
all small"; "his portion was larger than hers"; "there's
enough for two servings each" [syn: {helping}, {serving}]
v : give out; "We were assigned new uniforms" [syn: {assign}, {allot}]

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