Definition of Disturbance

1. Noun. Activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption. "There was a disturbance of neural function"

Exact synonyms: Perturbation
Generic synonyms: Activity
Specialized synonyms: Bother, Fuss, Hassle, Trouble, Magnetic Storm

2. Noun. An unhappy and worried mental state. "She didn't realize the upset she caused me"
Exact synonyms: Perturbation, Upset
Generic synonyms: Agitation
Derivative terms: Disturb, Perturb, Upset, Upset

3. Noun. A disorderly outburst or tumult. "They were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"

4. Noun. A noisy fight.
Exact synonyms: Affray, Fray, Ruffle
Generic synonyms: Combat, Fight, Fighting, Scrap

5. Noun. The act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion.

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

7. Noun. Electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication.

Definition of Disturbance

1. n. 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.

Definition of Disturbance

1. Noun. The act of disturbing, being disturbed ¹

2. Noun. Something that disturbs ¹

3. Noun. An interruption of that which is normal or regular. ¹

4. Noun. (psychology) A serious mental imbalance or illness. ¹

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Definition of Disturbance

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Medical Definition of Disturbance

1. Deviation from, interruption of, or interference with a normal state. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Disturbance

disturbance (current term)
disturbance of the peace
disturbance regime
disturbed area
disturbed condition

Literary usage of Disturbance

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1. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone, William Draper Lewis (1902)
"disturbance of common. 3. disturbance of ways. 4. disturbance of tenure. 5. disturbance of patronage. I. disturbance of franchises happens when a man has ..."

2. A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism by James Clerk Maxwell (1892)
"The disturbance which constitutes light, whatever its physical nature may be, is of the nature of & vector, perpendicular to the direction of the ray. ..."

3. Educational Psychology by Edward Lee Thorndike (1921)
"SPURT AFTER FATIGUE AND SPURT AFTER disturbance In mental work in ordinary life a person may obviously, if he is not doing his best, at any time do a little ..."

4. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1893)
"When the metronome vibrated 120 times each minute, the reaction time for a sound excitation was 19tr longer than without the disturbance. ..."

5. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1869)
"On the reappearance of some periods of Declination disturbance at Lisbon during two, three, or several days." Hy Senhor CAPELLO, of the Lisbon Observatory. ..."

6. Études sur la Queste del saint graal attribuée à Gautier Map by Albert Pauphilet, Colonel Bell Burr, Ernst Ziegler, Douglas Symmers (1921)
"Other principles of treatment are the same as those set forth under the treatment of morphine addiction. Insanities from disturbance of Function of the ..."

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