What does disorder mean?

Definitions for disorder
dɪsˈɔr dərdis·or·der

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disorder, upsetnoun

    a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning

    "the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder"; "everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time"

  2. disorderliness, disordernoun

    a condition in which things are not in their expected places

    "the files are in complete disorder"

  3. disorderverb

    a disturbance of the peace or of public order

  4. perturb, unhinge, disquiet, trouble, cark, distract, disorderverb

    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"

  5. disorder, disarrayverb

    bring disorder to


  1. disordernoun

    Absence of order; state of not being arranged in an orderly manner.

    After playing the children left the room in disorder.

  2. disordernoun

    A disturbance of civic peace or of public order.

  3. disordernoun

    A physical or psychical malfunction.

    Bulimia is an eating disorder.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Disordernoun

    Etymology: dis and order; desordre, French.

    When I read an author of genius without method, I fancy myself in a wood that abounds with many noble objects, rising among one another in the greatest confusion and disorder. Spectator, №. 476.

    A greater favour this disorder brought
    Unto her servants, than your awful thought
    Durst entertain, when thus compell’d they prest
    The yielding marble of her snowy breast. Edmund Waller.

    From vulgar bounds with brave disorder part,
    And snatch a grace beyond the reach of art. Alexander Pope, Essays.

    There reigned in all men blood, manslaughter, disquieting of good men, forgetfulness of good turns, and disorder in marriages. Wisd. xiv. 26.

    Pleasure and pain are only different constitutions of the mind, sometimes occasioned by disorder in the body, or sometimes by thoughts in the mind. John Locke.

  2. To Disorderverb

    Etymology: dis and order.

    Not so repuls’d, with tears that ceas’d not flowing,
    And tresses all disorder’d, at his feet
    Fell humble. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 911.

    Yon disorder’d heap of ruin lies,
    Stones rent from stones, where clouds of dust arise. Dryden.

    The incursions of the Goths, and other barbarous nations, disordered the affairs of the Roman empire. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disordernoun

    want of order or regular disposition; lack of arrangement; confusion; disarray; as, the troops were thrown into disorder; the papers are in disorder

  2. Disordernoun

    neglect of order or system; irregularity

  3. Disordernoun

    breach of public order; disturbance of the peace of society; tumult

  4. Disordernoun

    disturbance of the functions of the animal economy of the soul; sickness; derangement

  5. Disorderverb

    to disturb the order of; to derange or disarrange; to throw into confusion; to confuse

  6. Disorderverb

    to disturb or interrupt the regular and natural functions of (either body or mind); to produce sickness or indisposition in; to discompose; to derange; as, to disorder the head or stomach

  7. Disorderverb

    to depose from holy orders


  1. Disorder

    Disorder are a hardcore punk band that formed in the Bristol area of the United Kingdom in 1980, and has existed with varying line-ups to this day. Disorder are a band who aligned with politically charged punk bands .

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disorder

    dis-or′dėr, n. want of order: confusion: disturbance: breach of the peace: disease.—v.t. to throw out of order: to disarrange: to disturb: to produce disease.—adj. Disor′dered, confused, deranged.—n. Disor′derliness.—adj. Disor′derly, out of order: in confusion: irregular: lawless: defying the restraints of decency.—adv. confusedly: in a lawless manner.—Disorderly house, a brothel. [O. Fr. desordre, des (= L. dis), neg., ordre, order.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. disorder

    The confusion occasioned by a heavy fire from an enemy.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'disorder' in Nouns Frequency: #1588

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disorder in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disorder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of disorder in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Joe Kaeser:

    Disorder is the new world order.

  2. Viviane Labrie:

    In the last decade, it's become evident that Parkinson's disease is not just a movement disorder.

  3. Doug Berman:

    I think we don't fully understand what drives human behavior as a general matter and what is at the fundamental core of substance abuse disorder, but two things we do know is everyone is different, and what will deter some may not deter others.

  4. Danny Reagan:

    It's not a choice, it's an actual disorder and a disease, people who joke about it not being serious enough to be super official, it hurts me personally.

  5. Ellery Tarife:

    Many of the hospitals with dedicated beds for client detox had to reassign them to treat the influx of COVID-19 or critical patients, which limits the available treatment for those clients in acute withdrawal, many private substance use disorder treatment facilities have limited their capacity and decreased their admissions, while some have even closed their doors for the time being.

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    marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions
    • A. obnoxious
    • B. suspicious
    • C. squashy
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