Proportion vs Composition - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between proportion and composition

is that proportion is (countable) a quantity of something that is part of the whole amount or number while composition is the proportion of different parts to make a whole.

As a verb proportion

is (arts) to set or render in proportion.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • (lb) A quantity of something that is part of the whole amount or number.
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  • *:“I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion —which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera, the gorged dowagers, the worn-out, passionless men, the enervated matrons of the summer capital,!”
  • (lb) Harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole.
  • (lb) Proper or equal share.
  • *(Jeremy Taylor) (1613–1677)
  • *:Let the womendo the same things in their proportions and capacities.
  • The relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree.
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  • *(Lancelot Ridley) (ca.1500-1576)
  • *:The image of Christ, made after his own proportion .
  • *Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
  • *:Formed in the best proportions of her sex.
  • * (1800-1859)
  • *:Documents are authentic and facts are true precisely in proportion to the support which they afford to his theory.
  • A statement of equality between two ratios.
  • Size.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again;
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    Derived terms

    * in proportion * proportional * proportionally * proportionate * proportioner


    (en verb)
  • (arts) To set or render in proportion.
  • composition


    (en noun)
  • The proportion of different parts to make a whole.
  • The general makeup of something.
  • (obsolete) An agreement or treaty used to settle differences; later especially, an agreement to stop hostilities; a truce.
  • * , I.40:
  • It will stoope and yeeld upon better compositions to him that shall make head against it.
  • * 1630 , John Smith, True travels , in Kupperman 1988, p.50:
  • with an incredible courage they advanced to the push of the Pike with the defendants, that with the like courage repulsed, that the Turks retired and fled into the Castle, from whence by a flag of truce they desired composition .
  • (obsolete) An agreement to pay money in order to clear a liability or obligation; a settling.
  • * 1745 , Edward Young, Night-Thoughts , II:
  • Insidious death! should his strong hand arrest, / No composition sets the prisoner free.
  • (legal) an agreement or compromise by which a creditor or group of creditors accepts partial payment from a debtor.
  • A mixture or compound; the result of composing.
  • An essay.
  • (linguistics) The formation of compound words from separate words.
  • A work of music, literature or art.
  • * 1818 , (Jane Austen), A letter dated 8 September 1818:
  • and how good Mrs. West could have written such books and collected so many hard words, with all her family cares, is still more a matter of astonishment. Composition seems to me impossible with a head full of joints of mutton and doses of rhubarb.
  • (printing) Typesetting.
  • (label) Applying a function to the result of another.
  • (obsolete) Consistency; accord; congruity.
  • * Shakespeare
  • There is no composition in these news / That gives them credit.
  • Synthesis as opposed to analysis.
  • * Sir Isaac Newton
  • The investigation of difficult things by the method of analysis ought ever to precede the method of composition .


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