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Princeton's WordNet

  1. interrupt, disrupt, break up, cut offverb

    make a break in

    "We interrupt the program for the following messages"

  2. disruptverb

    throw into disorder

    "This event disrupted the orderly process"

  3. interrupt, disruptverb

    interfere in someone else's activity

    "Please don't interrupt me while I'm on the phone"


  1. disruptverb

    to destroy the continuity of, usually temporarily; as, electrical power was disrupted by the hurricane.

  2. disruptverb

    To interfere with or halt, especially by causing a lack of order; as, the shouting of the demonstrators disrupted the meeting.


  1. disruptverb

    To throw into confusion or disorder.

    Hecklers disrupted the man's speech.

  2. disruptverb

    To interrupt or impede.

    Work on the tunnel was disrupted by a strike.


  1. Disrupt

    Disrupt was an American crust punk band from Lynn, Massachusetts, that was active from 1987 to 1993. The lineup was Jay Stiles and Pete Kamarinos (vocals), Chris Drake (guitar), Harry Haralabatos (drums), Tony Leone (bass). After recording one rehearsal demo, Tony and Harry left the band. Brad Jones (drums) and Mike Williams (guitar) joined in the spring of 1988. Brad left the band a couple of months later and Mike started playing drums. With this lineup, they recorded the Millions Die For Moneymaking thirteen-song demo with Jay also playing bass in November 1988. In the spring of 1989, Mike and Chris left the band and Harry their first drummer rejoined so they could record songs that at the time were supposed to be on a split 7-inch with Extreme Noise Terror. At this time, they recruited Scott Lucid to play bass. In October 1989, they recorded five songs for the self titled 7-inch that was co-released on Crust records and Deafcore records. The lineup on the first 7-inch was Pete (vocals), Jay (vocals and guitar), Scott (bass) and Harry (drums). In 1990, Scott left the band and they acquired Bob Palombo to play bass. A few months earlier, Chris Drake rejoined the band and Terry Savastano (Spasm) joined on second guitar. This lineup recorded eleven songs for the Refuse Planet 7-inch Relapse and split 7-inch with Destroy (Adversity/Break the Chains) in January 1991. Both records were released in 1991. Chris left the band in early 1991 and then they got Jeff Hayward (Unleashed Anger) on second guitar. About a week after Jeff joined the band, Harry (drums) quit so they recruited Randy Odierno (Temporary Insanity). In May 1991 the lineup was Pete Kamarinos (vocals), Jay Stiles (vocals), Terry Savastano (guitar), Jeff Hayward (guitar), Bob Palombo (bass) and Randy Odierno (drums). That year they entered Headroom studios (Bill T Miller) and recorded songs for split 7-inches with Disdain (Desperate Attempt), Resist (Destroy all Music), Tuomiopaivan Lapset (Ecocentric) and Taste of Fear (Off the Disc). The split 7-inches and the Smash Divisions live 7-inch (S.O.A.) were released in 1992. In November 1992, they entered One World studios with Bill T. Miller and recorded thirty songs for the Unrest album and Deprived 7-inch. The ten songs for the Deprived 7-inch were new recordings of older tracks. In June 1993, they entered the Lanes studios with Bill T Miller and recorded 17 songs. Eight songs from the session were released on the split LP with Sauna (Sludge) in 1994. The split 7-inch with Warcollapse (two songs from the Lanes session) was released on Crust records in 1995. Disrupt toured Europe in October/November 1993. After the tour, they broke up due to personal and musical differences. The Unrest album was released on Relapse in August 1994. In 2007, Relapse released a seventy-eight song discography 2-CD set containing all of the 7-inches, split LP + rare rehearsals, Millions die for Moneymaking demo and live tracks in 2007. Also released was a box set which included the Unrest CD, discography 2-CD set, and a DVD. This was a limited to 1000 copies. The seven unreleased songs that were left over from the Lanes session were released on a 12-inch on Unrest records out of Canada. The band acquired a cult following on the strength of several underground 7-inch EPs and compilation appearances. Their lyrics were politically anarchist, expressing animal rights and anti-capitalist views.Members of the band have gone on to play in many other bands since the dissolution of Disrupt, including Consume, Deathraid, Grief, State of Fear, Chicken Chest and the Bird Boys and also pure noise bands such as Goff, Demonic Death Preachers, and Effects of Alcohol.


  1. disrupt

    To disrupt generally means to cause a disturbance or interruption to the normal course or flow of something, whether it's a process, system, operation, or event. It can also refer to the act of breaking up the order, arrangement, or structure of something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disruptadjective

    rent off; torn asunder; severed; disrupted

  2. Disruptverb

    to break asunder; to rend

  3. Etymology: [L. disruptus, diruptus, p. p. of disrumpere, to break or burst asunder; dis- + rumpere to break, burst. See Rupture.]


  1. Disrupt

    Disrupt was an American grindcore/crust punk band from Boston, Massachusetts, United States. They only released one mainstream album, however the band acquired a cult following on the strength of several underground 7-inch EPs and compilation appearances. Their lyrics are anarchist in nature. Members of the band have gone on to play in many other bands since the dissolution of Disrupt, including Consume, Grief, State of Fear, and Goff.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disrupt

    dis-rupt′, v.t. to burst asunder, to break up.—n. Disrup′tion, the act of breaking asunder: the act of bursting and rending: breach: in Scottish ecclesiastical history, the separation of the party who became the Free Church from the Established Church for the sake of spiritual independence (1843).—adj. Disrup′tive, causing, or accompanied by, disruption. [L. disruptus, diruptus, dirumpĕredis, asunder, rumpĕre, to break.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disrupt in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disrupt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of disrupt in a Sentence

  1. Sergio Uzurin:

    You have to disrupt business as usual for this to happen and that's the only thing that's ever made change.

  2. Shakib Noori:

    There should be little doubt that Pakistan would deploy means to disrupt a Chabahar-pivoting India-Iran-Afghanistan alliance

  3. Sergio Uzurin:

    Voicing your opinion is not enough, you have to disrupt business as usual for this to happen and that's the only thing that's ever made change. It's the real way democracies function.

  4. Welles Orr:

    I don't think any responsible member of Congress would oppose the USMCA and see NAFTA withdrawn. That would cause utter havoc in the markets, disrupt our agreements and disrupt our supply chains.

  5. Bruce McCain:

    Valuations are a bit stretched, but as long as fundamentals continue to move forward investors will find a way to keep moving prices higher, i don't think we'll see anything to disrupt this move.

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