What does disruption mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. break, interruption, disruption, gap(noun)

    an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

    "it was presented without commercial breaks"; "there was a gap in his account"

  2. disturbance, disruption, commotion, flutter, hurly burly, to-do, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, kerfuffle(noun)

    a disorderly outburst or tumult

    "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"

  3. dislocation, disruption(noun)

    an event that results in a displacement or discontinuity

  4. disruption, perturbation(noun)

    the act of causing disorder


  1. disruption(Noun)

    An interruption to the regular flow or sequence of something.

  2. disruption(Noun)

    A continuing act of disorder

  3. Origin: From disruptionem (from disrumpere)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disruption(noun)

    the act or rending asunder, or the state of being rent asunder or broken in pieces; breach; rent; dilaceration; rupture; as, the disruption of rocks in an earthquake; disruption of a state

  2. Origin: [L. disruptio, diruptio.]


  1. Disruption

    Disruption is the term most commonly used for ending an adoption. While technically an adoption is disrupted only when it is abandoned by the adopting parent or parents before it is legally completed, in practice the term is used for all adoptions that are ended. It is usually initiated by the parents via a court petition, much like a divorce, to which it is analogous. While rarely discussed in public, even within the adoption community, the practice has become far more widespread in recent years, especially among those parents who have adopted from Eastern European countries, particularly Russia and Romania, where some children have suffered far more from their institutionalization than their parents were led to believe.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disruption in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disruption in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. James Harrington:

    Obviously, it's a major disruption in this case and it's also been a horrible disruption within my team.

  2. Bill Cosby:

    If a disruption occurs, please remain calm until the matter is resolved and do not confront the person making the disruption.

  3. Arthur Schopenhauer:

    Noise is the most impertinent of all forms of interruption. It is not only an interruption, but is also a disruption of thought.

  4. William E Ford:

    Today there are a number of forces coming together in a unique way that is resulting in an incredible level of innovation, disruption, and entrepreneurship.

  5. Air Canada:

    This is not a labor disruption between the airlines and their fueling company, this is a labor disruption at Consolidated Aviation Fueling Services which is affecting all airlines at Pearson.

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