What does disturbance mean?

Definitions for disturbance
dɪˈstɜr bənsdis·tur·bance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. perturbation, disturbancenoun

    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, upsetnoun

    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, kerfufflenoun

    a disorderly outburst or tumult

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

  4. affray, disturbance, fray, rufflenoun

    a noisy fight

  5. disturbancenoun

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

  6. mental disorder, mental disturbance, disturbance, psychological disorder, folienoun

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

  7. noise, interference, disturbancenoun

    electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication


  1. disturbancenoun

    The act of disturbing, being disturbed

  2. disturbancenoun

    Something that disturbs

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

  3. disturbancenoun

    An interruption of that which is normal or regular.

  4. disturbancenoun

    A serious mental imbalance or illness.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Disturbancenoun

    Etymology: from disturb.

    The denomination of money concerns trade, and the alteration of that necessarily brings disturbance to it. John Locke.

    They can survey a variety of complicated ideas without fatigue or disturbance. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    This mischief had not then befall’n,
    And more that shall befal: innumerable
    Disturbances on earth through female snares. John Milton, Pa. Lost.


  1. disturbance

    A disturbance is any event or occurrence that interferes with the normal functioning, order or balance of a system, environment or organism. It can also refer to a state of agitation or upset, or an interruption of peace and quiet. Disturbances can be natural or man-made, temporary or permanent, and can occur in a variety of contexts, such as ecological disturbances, physical disturbances, or emotional disturbances.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disturbancenoun

    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. Disturbancenoun

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

  3. Disturbancenoun

    violent agitation in the body politic; public commotion; tumult

  4. Disturbancenoun

    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. 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.

  2. Elaine Richards:

    While I am not a fan of corporal punishment, I am not a fan of his friends Major Nuisance or General Disturbance.

  3. The NHC:

    The disturbance with the greatest chance for development in the next couple of days is the one approaching the Leeward Islands.

  4. Michael Silverman:

    There's so much stigma associated with mood disturbance and anxiety that patients try to grab on to anything they can to explain what's going on, allergies could be aggravating a problem in their lives they don't want to deal with.

  5. The NHC:

    The disturbance is expected to become a tropical storm off the East Coast of Florida by( Saturday night), and some strengthening is forecast tonight through Monday as the system moves farther away from Florida over the western Atlantic.

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  • إزعاجArabic
  • смущение, смут, бъротия, безредиеBulgarian
  • জ্বালাতনBengali
  • narušení, vyrušení, rušení, výtržník, [[duševní]] [[porucha]]Czech
  • forstyrrelseDanish
  • Geistesstörung, Störenfried, StörungGerman
  • perturboEsperanto
  • estorbo, perturbación, disturbio, trastornoSpanish
  • perturbationFrench
  • aimhreit, atharrachadhScottish Gaelic
  • הפרעהHebrew
  • disturboItalian
  • 混乱, 動乱, 動揺Japanese
  • ئاژاوه‌Kurdish
  • ngaungau, ngangau, heihei, rarī, āheiheiMāori
  • forstyrrelseNorwegian
  • storing, verstoringDutch
  • estorvo, transtorno, distúrbio, perturbaçãoPortuguese
  • deranj, deranjare, deranjament, încomodare, tulburare, perturbație, perturbareRomanian
  • волнение, нарушительница, нарушение, расстройство, беспорядок, нарушительRussian
  • avbrott, störning, rubbningSwedish
  • utunduSwahili
  • 骚乱Chinese

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    marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions
    A urban
    B abrupt
    C dangerous
    D transparent

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