Definition of Disorder

1. Noun. A physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning. "Everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time"

2. Verb. Disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed. "The bad news will disorder him"; "She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill"
Exact synonyms: Cark, Disquiet, Distract, Perturb, Trouble, Unhinge
Specialized synonyms: Vex, Worry
Generic synonyms: Disturb, Trouble, Upset
Derivative terms: Disquiet, Disquiet, Distraction, Perturbation, Perturbation, Trouble, Trouble

3. Noun. A condition in which things are not in their expected places. "The files are in complete disorder"

4. Verb. Bring disorder to.
Exact synonyms: Disarray
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Mess, Mess Up, Derange, Perturb, Throw Out Of Kilter, Disarrange, Jumble, Scramble, Throw Together
Derivative terms: Disarray
Antonyms: Order

5. Noun. A disturbance of the peace or of public order.

Definition of Disorder

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

2. v. t. To disturb the order of; to derange or disarrange; to throw into confusion; to confuse.

Definition of Disorder

1. Noun. Absence of order; state of not being arranged in an orderly manner. ¹

2. Noun. A disturbance of civic peace or of public order. ¹

3. Noun. (medicine) A physical or psychical malfunction. ¹

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Definition of Disorder

1. to put out of order [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Disorder

1. 1. Want of order or regular disposition; lack of arrangement; confusion; disarray; as, the troops were thrown into disorder; the papers are in disorder. 2. Neglect of order or system; irregularity. "From vulgar bounds with brave disorder part, And snatch a grace beyond the reach of art." (Pope) 3. Breach of public order; disturbance of the peace of society; tumult. 4. Disturbance of the functions of the animal economy of the soul; sickness; derangement. "Disorder in the body." Synonym: Irregularity, disarrangement, confusion, tumult, bustle, disturbance, disease, illness, indisposition, sickness, ailment, malady, distemper. See Disease. Origin: Pref. Dis- + order: cf. F. Desordre. 1. To disturb the order of; to derange or disarrange; to throw into confusion; to confuse. "Disordering the whole frame or jurisprudence." (Burke) "The burden . . . Disordered the aids and auxiliary rafters into a common ruin." (Jer. Taylor) 2. 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. "A man whose judgment was so much disordered by party spirit." (Macaulay) 3. To depose from holy orders. Synonym: To disarrange, derange, confuse, discompose. Origin: Disordered; Disordering. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Disorder

disorder (current term)
disorderly behavior
disorderly conduct

Literary usage of Disorder

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson (1911)
"The idea of disorder, in the sense of absence of order, is then what must be ... And it is unquestionable that, when ordinarily we speak of disorder, ..."

2. The Journal of Heredity by American Genetic Association (1920)
"4). well as more resemblance to the leaf- Club-leaf shows a closer analogy, as curl disorder caused by plant-lice. With both disorders the leaves are ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1919)
"IS ESSENTIAL EPILEPSY A LIFE REACTION disorder?1 BY L. PIERCE CLARK, MD, ... A life-reaction disorder is meant to embrace that typs of phenomenon which may ..."

4. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"Thus set in the period of disorder caused ... and of scarcity rendered more acute by disorder, which lasted with intervals for ten years. ..."

5. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1886)
"The disease is evidently on the wane in this family. BS MENTAL PATHOLOGY. Visceral Lesion or disorder and Mental Disease. ..."

6. Dictionary of Battles from the Earliest Date to the Present Time by Thomas Benfield Harbottle (1904)
"in disorder. Desaix was killed at the head of his troops. Margus. ... The Austrians were defeated and driven off in disorder, leaving 4000 prisoners in the ..."

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