por·tion /ˈporʃən, ˈpɔr-/
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. 14.
Portions and parcels of the dreadful past. --Tennyson.
3. A part assigned; allotment; share; fate.
The lord of that servant . . . will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. --Luke xii. 46.
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.
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.
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. --Pope.
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
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 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"
[syn: helping, serving]
v : give out or allot; "We were assigned new uniforms" [syn: assign,