# Proportion vs. Percentage

## Difference Between Proportion and Percentage

#### Proportionnoun

A part or amount considered in relation to a whole

*What is the proportion of helium in the atmosphere?.*

#### Percentagenoun

A fraction or ratio with 100 understood as the denominator; for example, 0.98 equals a percentage of 98.

#### Proportionnoun

A relationship between things or parts of things with respect to comparative magnitude, quantity, or degree

*the proper proportion between oil and vinegar in the dressing.*

#### Percentagenoun

The result obtained by multiplying a quantity by a percent.

#### Proportionnoun

A relationship between quantities such that if one varies then another varies in a manner dependent on the first

*"We do not always find visible happiness in proportion to visible virtue" (Samuel Johnson).*

#### Percentagenoun

A proportion or share in relation to a whole; a part

*The hecklers constituted only a small percentage of the audience.*

#### Proportionnoun

The agreeable or harmonious relation of parts within a whole

*The statue seems out of proportion.*

#### Percentagenoun

An amount, such as an allowance, duty, or commission, that varies in proportion to a larger sum, such as total sales

*work for a percentage.*

#### Proportionnoun

often proportions Dimensions; size

*First measure the proportions of the room.*

#### Percentagenoun

(Informal) Advantage; gain

*There is no percentage in work without pay.*

#### Proportionnoun

(Mathematics) A statement of equality between two ratios. Four quantities, a, b, c, d, are said to be in proportion if a/b = c/d .

#### Percentagenoun

The amount, number or rate of something, regarded as part of a total of 100; a part of a whole.

*A high percentage of secondary school leavers take a gap year.*

#### Proportionverb

To adjust so that proper relations between parts are attained

*Have you proportioned the oil in the dressing properly?.*

#### Percentagenoun

A share of the sales, profits, gross margin or similar.

*She gets a percentage for every vacuum cleaner sold.*

#### Proportionverb

To form the parts of with balance or symmetry

*The artist proportioned the figure nicely.*

#### Percentagenoun

(informal) Benefit or advantage.

*There was no percentage in staying at home.*

#### Proportionnoun

(countable) A quantity of something that is part of the whole amount or number.

#### Percentagenoun

a proportion multiplied by 100

#### Proportionnoun

(uncountable) Harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole.

#### Percentagenoun

assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group;

*he wanted his share in cash*

#### Proportionnoun

(countable) Proper or equal share.

#### Proportionnoun

The relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree.

*the proportion of the parts of a building, or of the body*

#### Proportionnoun

A statement of equality between two ratios.

#### Proportionnoun

Size.

#### Proportionverb

(arts) To set or render in proportion.

#### Proportionnoun

the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole

#### Proportionnoun

magnitude or extent;

*a building of vast proportions*

#### Proportionnoun

balance among the parts of something

#### Proportionnoun

harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design);

*in all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal balance*

#### Proportionverb

give pleasant proportions to;

*harmonize a building with those surrounding it*

#### Proportionverb

adjust in size relative to other things