Definitions for perturbpərˈtɜrb

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

per•turbpərˈtɜrb(v.t.)

  1. to disturb or disquiet greatly in mind; agitate.

  2. to throw into great disorder; derange.

    Category: Psychiatry

  3. to cause perturbation in the orbit of (a celestial body).

    Category: Astronomy

Origin of perturb:

1325–75; ME (< OF perturber) < L perturbāre to throw into confusion =per-per - +turbāre to disturb; see turbid

per•turb′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. perturb, unhinge, disquiet, trouble, cark, distract, disorder(verb)

    disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed

    "She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill"

  2. perturb(verb)

    disturb or interfere with the usual path of an electron or atom

    "The electrons were perturbed by the passing ion"

  3. perturb(verb)

    cause a celestial body to deviate from a theoretically regular orbital motion, especially as a result of interposed or extraordinary gravitational pull

    "The orbits of these stars were perturbed by the passings of a comet"

  4. perturb, derange, throw out of kilter(verb)

    throw into great confusion or disorder

    "Fundamental Islamicists threaten to perturb the social order in Algeria and Egypt"

Wiktionary

  1. perturb(Verb)

    To disturb; to bother or unsettle.

  2. perturb(Verb)

    To slightly modify the motion of an object.

  3. perturb(Verb)

    To modify the motion of a body by exerting a gravitational force.

  4. perturb(Verb)

    To modify slightly, such as an equation or value.

  5. Origin: From perturben, from perturber, from perturbare, from per + .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perturb(verb)

    to disturb; to agitate; to vex; to trouble; to disquiet

  2. Perturb(verb)

    to disorder; to confuse


Translations for perturb

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

perturb(verb)

to make (someone) worried or anxious

His threats didn't perturb her in the least.

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