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# What is a proportion?

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###### 10/04/2010

Noun:

- A part considered in relation to the whole.
- 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.* - 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).* - Agreeable or harmonious relation of parts within a whole; balance or symmetry.
- Dimensions; size. Often used in the plural.
*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.*