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Part or division.


Part or division.

segment of a bifocal lens (seg) 

An area of a bifocal lens of a power different to that of the main portion. Syn. portion. There is the distance portion, which has the correction for distance vision, and the near or reading portion, which has the correction for near vision. See intermediate portion.
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You give me the hundred thousand guilders as a marriage portion, don't you?
It is said that she fed and clothed the poor, assisted her relatives financially and provided marriage portions for poor relations.
The Brydges often took young female relatives into their home for the purpose of finding appropriate marriage partners, frequently investing on their behalf to create or increase marriage portions, thus providing an entire program of improvement and rendering the prospective brides more desirable in the marriage market.