# Proportion vs. Balance

## Proportion and Balance Definitions

#### Proportion

A part or amount considered in relation to a whole

What is the proportion of helium in the atmosphere?.

#### Balance

See Libra.

#### Proportion

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.

#### Balance

A weighing device, especially one consisting of a rigid beam horizontally suspended by a low-friction support at its center, with identical weighing pans hung at either end, one of which holds an unknown weight while the effective weight in the other is increased by known amounts until the beam is level and motionless. Also called scale.

#### Proportion

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).

#### Balance

A state of equilibrium or parity characterized by cancellation of all forces by equal opposing forces.

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#### Proportion

The agreeable or harmonious relation of parts within a whole

The statue seems out of proportion.

#### Balance

The power or means to decide

Matters that fell outside the judge's balance.

#### Proportion

Often proportions Dimensions; size

First measure the proportions of the room.

#### Balance

A state of bodily equilibrium

Thrown off balance by a gust of wind.

#### Proportion

(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 .

#### Balance

The ability to maintain bodily equilibrium

Gymnasts must have good balance.

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#### Proportion

To adjust so that proper relations between parts are attained

Have you proportioned the oil in the dressing properly?.

#### Balance

A harmonious or satisfying arrangement or proportion of parts or elements, as in a design.

#### Proportion

To form the parts of with balance or symmetry

The artist proportioned the figure nicely.

#### Balance

An influence or force tending to produce equilibrium; counterpoise.

#### Proportion

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

#### Balance

The difference in magnitude between opposing forces or influences.

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#### Proportion

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

#### Balance

Equality of totals in the debit and credit sides of an account.

#### Proportion

(countable) Proper or equal share.

#### Balance

The difference between such totals, either on the credit or the debit side.

#### Proportion

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

#### Balance

Something that is left over; a remainder.

#### Proportion

A statement of equality between two ratios.

#### Balance

(Chemistry) Equality of mass and net electric charge of reacting species on each side of an equation.

#### Proportion

The "rule of three", in which three terms are given to find a fourth.

#### Balance

(Mathematics) Equality with respect to the net number of reduced symbolic quantities on each side of an equation.

#### Proportion

Size.

#### Balance

A balance wheel.

#### Proportion

(transitive) To divide into proper shares; to apportion.

#### Balance

To determine the weight of (something) in a weighing device.

#### Proportion

(transitive) To form symmetrically.

#### Balance

To consider and compare or assess

Balanced the pros and cons before making a choice.

#### Proportion

To set or render in proportion.

#### Balance

To bring into or maintain in a state of equilibrium.

#### Proportion

To correspond to.

#### Balance

To act as an equalizing weight or force to; counterbalance.

#### Proportion

The relation or adaptation of one portion to another, or to the whole, as respect magnitude, quantity, or degree; comparative relation; ratio; as, the proportion of the parts of a building, or of the body.

The image of Christ, made after his own proportion.

Formed in the best proportions of her sex.

Documents are authentic and facts are true precisely in proportion to the support which they afford to his theory.

#### Balance

To compute the difference between the debits and credits of (an account).

#### Proportion

Harmonic relation between parts, or between different things of the same kind; symmetrical arrangement or adjustment; symmetry; as, to be out of proportion.

#### Balance

To reconcile or equalize the sums of the debits and credits of (an account).

#### Proportion

The portion one receives when a whole is distributed by a rule or principle; equal or proper share; lot.

Let the women . . . do the same things in their proportions and capacities.

#### Balance

To settle (an account, for example) by paying what is owed.

#### Proportion

A part considered comparatively; a share.

#### Balance

To bring into or keep in equal or satisfying proportion or harmony.

#### Proportion

The equality or similarity of ratios, especially of geometrical ratios; or a relation among quantities such that the quotient of the first divided by the second is equal to that of the third divided by the fourth; - called also geometrical proportion, in distinction from arithmetical proportion, or that in which the difference of the first and second is equal to the difference of the third and fourth.

#### Balance

Mathematics & Chemistry To bring (an equation) into balance.

#### Proportion

The rule of three, in arithmetic, in which the three given terms, together with the one sought, are proportional.

#### Balance

To move toward and then away from (a dance partner).

#### Proportion

To adjust in a suitable proportion, as one thing or one part to another; as, to proportion the size of a building to its height; to proportion our expenditures to our income.

In the loss of an object we do not proportion our grief to the real value . . . but to the value our fancies set upon it.

#### Balance

To be in or come into equilibrium.

#### Proportion

To form with symmetry or suitableness, as the parts of the body.

Nature had proportioned her without any fault.

#### Balance

To be equal or equivalent.

#### Proportion

To divide into equal or just shares; to apportion.

#### Balance

To sway or waver as if losing or regaining equilibrium.

#### Proportion

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

#### Balance

To move toward and then away from a dance partner.

#### Proportion

Magnitude or extent;

A building of vast proportions

#### Balance

(uncountable) A state in which opposing forces harmonise; equilibrium.

#### Proportion

Balance among the parts of something

#### Balance

(uncountable) Mental equilibrium; mental health; calmness, a state of remaining clear-headed and unperturbed.

#### Proportion

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

#### Balance

Something of equal weight used to provide equilibrium; counterweight.

These weights are used as a balance for the overhanging verandah

Blair thought he could provide a useful balance to Bush's policies.

#### Proportion

Give pleasant proportions to;

Harmonize a building with those surrounding it

#### Balance

A pair of scales.

#### Proportion

Adjust in size relative to other things

#### Balance

(uncountable) Awareness of both viewpoints or matters; neutrality; rationality; objectivity.

#### Balance

(uncountable) The overall result of conflicting forces, opinions etc.; the influence which ultimately "weighs" more than others.

The balance of power finally lay with the Royalist forces.

I think the balance of opinion is that we should get out while we're ahead.

#### Balance

(uncountable) Apparent harmony in art (between differing colours, sounds, etc.).

#### Balance

(accounting) A list accounting for the debits on one side, and for the credits on the other.

#### Balance

(accounting) The result of such a procedure; the difference between credit and debit of an account.

I just need to nip to a bank and check my balance.

#### Balance

(watchmaking) A device used to regulate the speed of a watch, clock etc.

#### Balance

The remainder.

The balance of the agreement remains in effect.

The invoice said he had only paid $50. The balance was $220.

#### Balance

Libra.

#### Balance

(transitive) To bring (items) to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights.

#### Balance

To make (concepts) agree.

#### Balance

(transitive) To hold (an object or objects) precariously; to support on a narrow base, so as to keep from falling.

I balanced my mug of coffee on my knee.

The circus performer balances a plate on the end of a baton.

#### Balance

(transitive) To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.

#### Balance

To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally.

To balance partners

#### Balance

(nautical) To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass.

To balance the boom mainsail

#### Balance

(transitive) To make the credits and debits of (an account) correspond.

This final payment, or credit, balances the account.

To balance a set of books

#### Balance

(intransitive) To be in equilibrium.

#### Balance

(intransitive) To have matching credits and debits.

#### Balance

To weigh in a balance.

#### Balance

To hesitate or fluctuate.

#### Balance

An apparatus for weighing.

#### Balance

Act of weighing mentally; comparison; estimate.

A fair balance of the advantages on either side.

#### Balance

Equipoise between the weights in opposite scales.

#### Balance

The state of being in equipoise; equilibrium; even adjustment; steadiness.

And hung a bottle on each sideTo make his balance true.

The order and balance of the country were destroyed.

English workmen completely lose their balance.

#### Balance

An equality between the sums total of the two sides of an account; as, to bring one's accounts to a balance; - also, the excess on either side; as, the balance of an account.

I still think the balance of probabilities leans towards the account given in the text.

#### Balance

A balance wheel, as of a watch, or clock. See Balance wheel (in the Vocabulary).

#### Balance

The constellation Libra.

#### Balance

To bring to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights; to weigh in a balance.

#### Balance

To support on a narrow base, so as to keep from falling; as, to balance a plate on the end of a cane; to balance one's self on a tight rope.

#### Balance

To equal in number, weight, force, or proportion; to counterpoise, counterbalance, counteract, or neutralize.

One expression . . . must check and balance another.

#### Balance

To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.

Balance the good and evil of things.

#### Balance

To settle and adjust, as an account; to make two accounts equal by paying the difference between them.

I am very well satisfied that it is not in my power to balance accounts with my Maker.

#### Balance

To make the sums of the debits and credits of an account equal; - said of an item; as, this payment, or credit, balances the account.

#### Balance

To arrange accounts in such a way that the sum total of the debits is equal to the sum total of the credits; as, to balance a set of books.

#### Balance

To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally; as, to balance partners.

#### Balance

To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass; as, to balance the boom mainsail.

#### Balance

To have equal weight on each side; to be in equipoise; as, the scales balance.

#### Balance

To fluctuate between motives which appear of equal force; to waver; to hesitate.

He would not balance or err in the determination of his choice.

#### Balance

To move toward a person or couple, and then back.

#### Balance

A state of equilibrium

#### Balance

A scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity

#### Balance

Equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account

#### Balance

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

#### Balance

Equality of distribution

#### Balance

Something left after other parts have been taken away;

There was no remainder

He threw away the rest

He took what he wanted and I got the balance

#### Balance

The difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account

#### Balance

(astrology) a person who is born while the sun in in Libra

#### Balance

The seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22

#### Balance

(mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact correspondence of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane

#### Balance

An equivalent counterbalancing weight

#### Balance

A wheel that regulates the rate of movement in a machine; especially a wheel oscillating against the hairspring of a timepiece to regulate its beat

#### Balance

Bring into balance or equilibrium;

She has to balance work and her domestic duties

Balance the two weights

#### Balance

Compute credits and debits of an account

#### Balance

Hold or carry in equilibrium

#### Balance

Be in equilibrium;

He was balancing on one foot