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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PORTIONS

"Some portions of the evening I enjoyed exceedingly," replied Philothea.

However, it was these portions of the transept and the apse which had the least suffered.

I noticed that these bonds were all portions of a gentleman's dress.

With the other portions of the Company's army there shut up, it had behaved admirably.

The annexation feeling is reviving in some portions of Lower Canada.

All women are prohibited from entering these portions of the cloisters.

He would sooner be thirteen than fourteen; the portions would be larger, that was all.

Divide the pastry into two portions, and roll them out as thinly as possible.

And thus the whole mixture out of which he cut these portions was all exhausted by him.

The gate-tower and portions of the walls and buildings still exist.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "allotted part, share," from Old French porcion "part, portion" (12c., Modern French portion) and directly from Latin portionem (nominative portio) "share, part," accusative of the noun in the phrase pro portione "according to the relation (of parts to each other)" (see proportion). From late 14c. in general sense of "section into which something is divided."

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.