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Definitions of disturbance

  1. a noisy fight Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. activity that is an intrusion or interruption; "he looked around for the source of the disturbance"; "there was a disturbance of neural function" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Confusion of the mind; agitation of the feelings; perplexity; uneasiness. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Violent agitation in the body politic; public commotion; tumult. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Disturber. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. The interruption of a settled state; uproar; confusion; mental agitation. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Agitation: tumult: interruption: perplexity. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Agitation; tumult; interruption. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. The act of disturbing; a public tumult; mental confusion. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Any disquiet or interruption of peace; interruption of a settled state of things; tumult; emotion or agitation of the mind; disorder of thoughts; confusion; the hindering or disquieting of a person in the lawful and peaceable enjoyment of his right; the interruption of a right. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for disturbance

  1. But Mr. Moone's design and mine, which was to look over my closett and please him with the sight thereof, which he hath long desired, was wholly disappointed; for we were in great trouble and disturbance at this fire, not knowing what to think of it. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  2. I could hear their tap- roots part with pistol- like reports; see great pines and hemlocks and oaks moving, slanting, settling, tilting crazily in every direction as they were heaved upward in this gigantic disturbance – Police!!! by Robert W. Chambers
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