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disturbance Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption
    • the term `distress' connotes some degree of perturbation and emotional upset
    • he looked around for the source of the disturbance
    • there was a disturbance of neural function
  2. noun an unhappy and worried mental state
    perturbation; upset.
    • there was too much anger and disturbance
    • she didn't realize the upset she caused me
  3. noun a disorderly outburst or tumult
    to-do; hurly burly; kerfuffle; commotion; disruption; hoo-ha; hoo-hah; flutter.
    • they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused
  4. noun a noisy fight
    affray; ruffle; fray.
  5. noun the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
  6. noun (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
    folie; psychological disorder; mental disturbance; mental disorder.
  7. noun electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
    noise; interference.

Dis*turb"ance noun
OF. destorbance.
  1. An interruption of a state of peace or quiet; derangement of the regular course of things; disquiet; disorder; as, a disturbance of religious exercises; a disturbance of the galvanic current.
  2. Confusion of the mind; agitation of the feelings; perplexity; uneasiness.
    Any man . . . in a state of disturbance and irritation. Burke.
  3. Violent agitation in the body politic; public commotion; tumult.
    The disturbance was made to support a general accusation against the province. Bancroft.
  4. (Law) The hindering or disquieting of a person in the lawful and peaceable enjoyment of his right; the interruption of a right; as, the disturbance of a franchise, of common, of ways, and the like. Blackstone. Syn. -- Tumult; brawl; commotion; turmoil; uproar; hubbub; disorder; derangement; confusion; agitation; perturbation; annoyance.

Webster 1913

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