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)
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.
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.
Origin: F, from L. Portio, akin to pars, partis, a part. See Part.
Origin: Portioned; Portioning.
(01 Mar 1998)
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