pro·por·tion (pr-pôrshn, -pr-) KEY
pro·por·tioned, pro·por·tion·ing, pro·por·tions
Middle English proporcion, from Old French proportion, from Latin prporti, prportin-, from pr portine, according to (each) part : pr, according to ; see pro-1 + portine, ablative of porti, part; see per-2 in Indo-European roots
pro·portion·a·ble(Adjective), pro·portion·a·bly(Adverb), pro·portion·er(Noun), pro·portion·ment(Noun)
proportion, harmony, symmetry, balance
These nouns mean aesthetic arrangement marked by proper distribution of elements. Proportion is the agreeable relation of parts within a whole: a house with rooms of gracious proportion. Harmony is the pleasing interaction or appropriate combination of elements: the harmony of your facial features. Symmetry and balance both imply an arrangement of parts on either side of a dividing line, but symmetry frequently emphasizes mirror-image correspondence of parts, while balance often suggests dissimilar parts that offset each other harmoniously: flowers planted in perfect symmetry around the pool. "In all perfectly beautiful objects, there is found the opposition of one part to another, and a reciprocal balance" (John Ruskin).