What does disturbance mean?

Definitions for disturbance
dɪˈstɜr bənsdis·tur·bance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. perturbation, disturbance(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"

  2. disturbance, perturbation, upset(noun)

    an unhappy and worried mental state

    "there was too much anger and disturbance"; "she didn't realize the upset she caused me"

  3. 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"

  4. affray, disturbance, fray, ruffle(noun)

    a noisy fight

  5. disturbance(noun)

    the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion

  6. mental disorder, mental disturbance, disturbance, psychological disorder, folie(noun)

    (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness

  7. noise, interference, disturbance(noun)

    electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication


  1. disturbance(Noun)

    The act of disturbing, being disturbed

  2. disturbance(Noun)

    Something that disturbs

    That guy causes a lot of trouble, you know, he's such a disturbance.

  3. disturbance(Noun)

    An interruption of that which is normal or regular.

  4. disturbance(Noun)

    A serious mental imbalance or illness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disturbance(noun)

    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

  2. Disturbance(noun)

    confusion of the mind; agitation of the feelings; perplexity; uneasiness

  3. Disturbance(noun)

    violent agitation in the body politic; public commotion; tumult

  4. Disturbance(noun)

    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


  1. Disturbance

    In ecology, a disturbance is a temporary change in average environmental conditions that causes a pronounced change in an ecosystem. Outside disturbance forces often act quickly and with great effect, sometimes resulting in the removal of large amounts of biomass. Ecological disturbances include fires, flooding, windstorm, insect outbreaks, as well as anthropogenic disturbances such as trampling, forest clearing, and the introduction of exotic species. Disturbances can have profound immediate effects on ecosystems and can, accordingly, greatly alter the natural community. Because of these and the impacts on populations, these effects can continue for an extended period of time.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. disturbance


British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'disturbance' in Nouns Frequency: #2294

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disturbance in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disturbance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of disturbance in a Sentence

  1. Imam Ali-Ibn-Abi-Talib, Nahjul-Balgha (Peak of Eloquence), saying no1:

    1. During civil disturbance adopt such an attitude that people do not attach any importance to you - they neither burden you with complicated affairs, nor try to derive any advantage out of you.

  2. National Hurricane Center:

    Some slow development is possible as the disturbance turns northeastward and moves over the western Northern Atlantic.

  3. Joseph Wilson:

    I heard a commissioner say that only 10 % of the land at Grand-Staircase has any scenic value, to them 90 % of this was worthless, but that underestimates the importance of biodiversity here and we can assume that things that cause a lot of disturbance to the area will have negative consequences.

  4. Sheikh Mohammed:

    There is no serious military threat out of this, but the way it is being used to justify or to create a disturbance in the region is just unacceptable, there is no legitimate grievance behind this letter and threatening Qatar.

  5. Michael Osterholm:

    That's like saying you don't want to call the fire department because you're afraid the trucks will create a disturbance.

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  • бъротия, безредие, смущение, смутBulgarian
  • জ্বালাতনBengali
  • narušení, vyrušení, výtržník, rušení, [[duševní]] [[porucha]]Czech
  • forstyrrelseDanish
  • Geistesstörung, Störung, StörenfriedGerman
  • perturboEsperanto
  • perturbación, estorbo, trastorno, disturbioSpanish
  • perturbationFrench
  • atharrachadh, aimhreitScottish Gaelic
  • הפרעהHebrew
  • disturboItalian
  • 動乱, 動揺, 混乱Japanese
  • ئاژاوه‌Kurdish
  • āheihei, ngaungau, rarī, ngangau, heiheiMāori
  • forstyrrelseNorwegian
  • verstoring, storingDutch
  • estorvo, transtorno, perturbação, distúrbioPortuguese
  • deranj, deranjament, încomodare, tulburare, perturbație, perturbare, deranjareRomanian
  • нарушитель, расстройство, нарушительница, волнение, нарушение, беспорядокRussian
  • störning, avbrott, rubbningSwedish
  • utunduSwahili
  • 骚乱Chinese

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    cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
    • A. monish
    • B. flub
    • C. suffuse
    • D. huff

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