# Percentage vs. Proportion

By Jaxson

• Percentage

In mathematics, a percentage is a number or ratio expressed as a fraction of 100. It is often denoted using the percent sign, “%”, or the abbreviations “pct.”, “pct”; sometimes the abbreviation “pc” is also used. A percentage is a dimensionless number (pure number).

Wikipedia
• Percentage (noun)

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.”

• Percentage (noun)

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

“She gets a percentage for every vacuum cleaner sold.”

• Percentage (noun)

“There was no percentage in staying at home.”

• Proportion (noun)

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

• Proportion (noun)

Harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole.

• Proportion (noun)

Proper or equal share.

• Proportion (noun)

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”

• Proportion (noun)

A statement of equality between two ratios.

• Proportion (noun)

Size.

• Proportion (verb)

To set or render in proportion.

Wiktionary
• Percentage (noun)

a rate, number, or amount in each hundred

“a large percentage increase”

“the percentage of Caesareans at the hospital was three per cent higher than the national average”

• Percentage (noun)

any proportion or share in relation to a whole

“only a tiny percentage of the day trippers are aware of the village’s gastronomic distinction”

• Percentage (noun)

an amount, such as an allowance or commission, that is a proportion of a larger sum of money

“I hope to be on a percentage”

• Percentage (noun)

“I don’t see the percentage in selling perfectly good furniture”

• Proportion (noun)

a part, share, or number considered in comparative relation to a whole

“the proportion of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is rising”

• Proportion (noun)

the relationship of one thing to another in terms of quantity, size, or number; ratio

“the proportion of examination to coursework”

“the bleach can be diluted with water in the proportion one part bleach to ten parts water”

• Proportion (noun)

the comparative measurements or size of different parts of a whole

“the view of what constitutes perfect bodily proportions changes from one generation to the next”

• Proportion (noun)

dimensions; size

“the room, despite its ample proportions, seemed too small for him”

• Proportion (noun)

the correct, attractive, or ideal relationship between one thing and another or between the parts of a whole

“perceptions of colour, form, harmony, and proportion”

• Proportion (verb)

adjust or regulate (something) so that it has a particular or suitable relationship to something else

“a life after death in which happiness can be proportioned to virtue”

Oxford Dictionary