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
noun an unhappy and worried mental state
- there was too much anger and disturbance
- she didn't realize the upset she caused me
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
noun a noisy fight
affray; ruffle; fray.
noun the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
noun (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
folie; psychological disorder; mental disturbance; mental disorder.
noun electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
- 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.
- Confusion of the mind; agitation of the feelings; perplexity; uneasiness.
Any man . . . in a state of disturbance and irritation.
- Violent agitation in the body politic; public commotion; tumult.
The disturbance was made to support a general accusation against the province.
- (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.
Syn. -- Tumult; brawl; commotion; turmoil; uproar; hubbub; disorder; derangement; confusion; agitation; perturbation; annoyance.
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