• WordNet 3.6
    • n disproportion lack of proportion; imbalance among the parts of something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Disproportion To make unsuitable in quantity, form, or fitness to an end; to violate symmetry in; to mismatch; to join unfitly. "To shape my legs of an unequal size;
      To disproportion me in every part."
      "A degree of strength altogether disproportioned to the extent of its territory."
    • Disproportion Want of proportion in form or quantity; lack of symmetry; as, the arm may be in disproportion to the body; the disproportion of the length of a building to its height.
    • Disproportion Want of suitableness, adequacy, or due proportion to an end or use; unsuitableness; disparity; as, the disproportion of strength or means to an object.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disproportion Want of proportion of one thing to another, or between the parts of the same thing; lack of symmetry; absence of conformity or due relation in size, number, quantity, etc.: as, the disproportion of a man's arms to his body, or of means to an end; the disproportion between supply and demand.
    • n disproportion Disproportion, some say, is the cause of the keenest misery in the world: for instance, the disproportion between the powers, capacities, and aspirations of man and his circumstances—especially as regards his physical wants.
    • disproportion To make unsuitable in dimensions or quantity; mismatch; join unfitly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Disproportion dis-pro-pōr′shun want of proportion, symmetry, or suitableness of parts: inequality
    • v.t Disproportion to make unsuitable in form or size, &c
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  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. dis-, + proportion,: cf. F. disproportion,


In literature:

Who can measure the vast disproportion?
"Thoughts on Missions" by Sheldon Dibble
There, the disproportion is striking between the work and the result.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
Few things have done more harm in the world than disproportioned compassion.
"The Map of Life" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
The same disproportion of number and value may be noticed on many occasions between the sin-offering and the peace offering.
"Separation and Service" by James Hudson Taylor
Kutusoff perhaps calculated the disproportion between his effective force and ours.
"The Two Great Retreats of History" by George Grote
In the Aylesbury duck the disproportion caused by these conflicting changes is so great that the wing-bones are 47 per cent.
"Are the Effects of Use and Disuse Inherited?" by William Platt Ball
The disproportion in wealth was at least equally great.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
M. Place lays great stress upon the disproportion between the length and width of many of the apartments.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
His rocks present him with but the fact of the disproportion, without accounting for it.
"The Cruise of the Betsey" by Hugh Miller
A number of different explanations have been offered to account for this disproportion.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
A number of different explanations have been offered to account for this disproportion.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
His opinions were never fantastic, nor exaggerated, nor disproportioned.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
The disproportion will, doubtless, continue to be much greater than I have calculated.
"James Madison" by Sydney Howard Gay
Lydia felt one of her disproportioned indignations.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
Throughout the north of Europe the helpless decline of Protestantism is betrayed by the numerical disproportion of preachers to the people.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The Army Medical Officer looked the Secretary and Reporter up and down, taking in that vision of inappropriateness and disproportion.
"A Journal of Impressions in Belgium" by May Sinclair
The charge imposed was disproportioned.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It was not, at least, so disproportioned.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
I will give you two instances of this disproportion, real instances, of men who are known to me personally.
"The Intellectual Life" by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
Valparaiso is extremely disproportioned in breadth to its great length, necessarily so, from the jutting elevations that hang over it.
"Los Gringos" by H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise

In poetry:

Perhaps from greatness, state, and pride,
Thus surprised she may fall:
Sleep does disproportion hide,
And, death resembling, equals all.
"Song - Say, Lovely Dream" by Edmund Waller

In news:

For opponents of tolling, the project is a symbol of regressive taxation, a disproportional burden on the less affluent, and an economic barrier to cross-river commuters and small businesses.
The district convened a grading committee to review the current grading policy due to concerns that grade deflation was occurring due to the "disproportional impact" that grades of 0-percent to 49-percent have on student's averages.
An often fatal intestinal disease, necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) disproportionally targets premature infants -- particularly those that are given formula instead of being breastfed.
The sports page, week after week, reflects disproportional coverage compared to other high school sports.

In science:

Since bad sources outnumber the good sources in a typical DDOS attack, uniform rate-limiting penalizes disproportionally the good sources.
Optimal Source-Based Filtering of Malicious Traffic
In the TBRE the number of realizations where the ground state spin Jgs = 0 is disproportionally large.
Quadrupole collectivity in random two-body ensembles
It is known that in the TBRE the probability to find a 0gs state followed by either one of the states 21 , 41 , 61 , or 81 is disproportionally large as compared to what is statistically expected.
Quadrupole collectivity in random two-body ensembles
We, however, do not find for the particular initial conditions specified by our quench protocol that the rare states are given disproportional weight such that thermalization does not occur.
Quench Dynamics in Randomly Generated Extended Quantum Models
High mass stars, on account of their luminosities, temperatures and explosive ends, have a disproportionally large effect on the interstellar medium relative to their numbers.
The Masses of the Orion Proplyds from Submillimeter Dust Emission
One reason for this disproportion is probably related to phase reduction methods.
Isostables, isochrons, and Koopman spectrum for the action-angle representation of stable fixed point dynamics