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dis·tur·bance

 (dĭ-stûr′bəns)
n.
1.
a. The act of disturbing: a disturbance of lake sediments.
b. The condition of being disturbed: "The forest ... is in various stages of disturbance. Only the biggest trees ... have been left standing" (Alex Shoumatoff).
2. Something that disturbs, as a commotion, scuffle, or public tumult.
3. Mental or emotional unbalance or disorder.
4. A variation in normal wind conditions.
5. Geology Folding or faulting that affects a relatively large area.
6. Physics An alteration or displacement of a region of a medium from its equilibrium state.

disturbance

(dɪˈstɜːbəns)
n
1. the act of disturbing or the state of being disturbed
2. an interruption or intrusion
3. an unruly outburst or tumult
4. (Law) law an interference with another's rights
5. (Geological Science) geology
a. a minor movement of the earth causing a small earthquake
b. a minor mountain-building event
6. (Physical Geography) meteorol a small depression
7. (Psychiatry) psychiatry a mental or emotional disorder

dis•turb•ance

(dɪˈstɜr bəns)

n.
1. the act of disturbing.
2. the state of being disturbed.
3. an instance of this; commotion.
4. something that disturbs.
5. an outbreak of disorder.
6. any cyclonic storm or low-pressure area, usu. a small one.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.disturbance - activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruptiondisturbance - 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"
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
bother, hassle, trouble, fuss - an angry disturbance; "he didn't want to make a fuss"; "they had labor trouble"; "a spot of bother"
magnetic storm - a sudden disturbance of the earth's magnetic field; caused by emission of particles from the sun
2.disturbance - an unhappy and worried mental statedisturbance - an unhappy and worried mental state; "there was too much anger and disturbance"; "she didn't realize the upset she caused me"
agitation - a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
3.disturbance - a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"
disorder - a disturbance of the peace or of public order
turmoil, upheaval, convulsion - a violent disturbance; "the convulsions of the stock market"
earthquake - a disturbance that is extremely disruptive; "selling the company caused an earthquake among the employees"
incident - a public disturbance; "the police investigated an incident at the bus station"
stir, splash - a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event; "he made a great splash and then disappeared"
tempest, storm - a violent commotion or disturbance; "the storms that had characterized their relationship had died away"; "it was only a tempest in a teapot"
storm center, storm centre - a center of trouble or disturbance
garboil, tumult, tumultuousness, uproar - a state of commotion and noise and confusion
4.disturbance - a noisy fightdisturbance - a noisy fight        
fighting, combat, fight, scrap - the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
5.disturbance - the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
movement, motility, motion, move - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
carnival, circus - a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment; "it was so funny it was a circus"; "the whole occasion had a carnival atmosphere"
disorganisation, disorganization - the disturbance of a systematic arrangement causing disorder and confusion; "the disorganization of the enemy troops by a flank attack"
disruption, perturbation - the act of causing disorder
ruckus, ruction, rumpus, commotion, din, tumult - the act of making a noisy disturbance
furor, furore - a sudden outburst (as of protest)
havoc, mayhem - violent and needless disturbance
battle royal, melee, scrimmage - a noisy riotous fight
hullabaloo, turmoil, upheaval, agitation, excitement - disturbance usually in protest
tumultuous disturbance, outburst - a sudden violent disturbance
rampage, violent disorder - violently angry and destructive behavior
derangement, overthrow, upset - the act of disturbing the mind or body; "his carelessness could have caused an ecological upset"; "she was unprepared for this sudden overthrow of their normal way of living"
6.disturbance - (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotiondisturbance - (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
psychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology - the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders
disorder, upset - a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning; "the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder"; "everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time"
Asperger's syndrome - a psychiatric disorder usually noted during early school years; characterized by impaired social relations and by repetitive patterns of behavior
anxiety disorder - a cover term for a variety of mental disorders in which severe anxiety is a salient symptom
psychosomatic disorder - a mental disorder that causes somatic symptoms
aberration - a disorder in one's mental state
conversion disorder, conversion hysteria, conversion reaction - a mental disorder characterized by the conversion of mental conflict into somatic forms (into paralysis or anesthesia having no apparent cause)
delirium - a usually brief state of excitement and mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
delusional disorder - any mental disorder in which delusions play a significant role
encopresis - involuntary defecation not attributable to physical defects or illness
folie a deux - the simultaneous occurrence of symptoms of a mental disorder (as delusions) in two persons who are closely related (as siblings or man and wife)
personality disorder - inflexible and maladaptive patterns of behavior
affective disorder, emotional disorder, emotional disturbance, major affective disorder - any mental disorder not caused by detectable organic abnormalities of the brain and in which a major disturbance of emotions is predominant
schizothymia - resembling schizophrenia but remaining within the bounds of normality
neurosis, neuroticism, psychoneurosis - a mental or personality disturbance not attributable to any known neurological or organic dysfunction
dissociative disorder - dissociation so severe that the usually integrated functions of consciousness and perception of self break down
7.disturbance - electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
clutter - unwanted echoes that interfere with the observation of signals on a radar screen
trouble - an event causing distress or pain; "what is the trouble?"; "heart trouble"
background signal, background - extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured; "they got a bad connection and could hardly hear one another over the background signals"
crosstalk, XT - the presence of an unwanted signal via an accidental coupling
fadeout - a gradual temporary loss of a transmitted signal due to electrical disturbances
jitter - small rapid variations in a waveform resulting from fluctuations in the voltage supply or mechanical vibrations or other sources
atmospheric static, atmospherics, static - a crackling or hissing noise caused by electrical interference
white noise - a noise produced by a stimulus containing all of the audible frequencies of vibration; "white noise is a good masking agent"

disturbance

noun
1. disorder, bother (informal), turmoil, riot, upheaval, fray, brawl, uproar, agitation, fracas, commotion, rumpus, tumult, hubbub, shindig (informal), ruction (informal), ruckus (informal), shindy (informal) During the disturbance, three men were hurt.
2. upset, bother, disorder, confusion, distraction, intrusion, interruption, annoyance, agitation, hindrance, perturbation, derangement The home would cause less disturbance than a school.
3. disorder, upset, problem, trouble Poor educational performance is linked to emotional disturbances.

disturbance

noun
1. An interruption of regular procedure or of public peace:
Informal: flap, to-do.
2. A change in normal place or position:
3. Serious mental illness or disorder impairing a person's capacity to function normally and safely:
Psychiatry: mania.
Psychology: aberration, alienation.
Translations
إثارَة الإضْطِراباتإزْعاج ، تَشْويشإضْطِراب
porušovánípovykvyrušenívýtržnost
afbrydelseforstyrre almindelig ro og ordenforstyrrelseuro
rendzavarászavarászavaró körülmény
óspektirtrufluntruflun; óspektir
vyrušenievýtržnosť
kršitev mirurazgrajanje
düzeni bozmaengellemegürültükargaşakarışıklık

disturbance

[dɪsˈtɜːbəns] N
1. (= act, state) → perturbación f
disturbance of the peace (Jur) → alteración f del orden público
2. (social, political) → disturbio m; (in house, street) → alboroto m; [of mind] → trastorno m; (= fight) → altercado m, bronca f (LAm)
to cause a disturbancearmar alboroto
there was a disturbance in the crowdhubo un altercado entre algunos de los espectadores
the disturbances in the northlos disturbios en el norte
3. (= nuisance) → molestia f
4. (= interruption) → interrupción f (to de)

disturbance

[dɪˈstɜːrbəns] n
(political, social)troubles mpl
(in house, street)tapage m
to cause a disturbance → troubler l'ordre public disturbance of the peace
(= interruption, inconvenience) [person] → dérangement m
(emotional, psychological)trouble m
sleep disturbance → troubles mpl du sommeildisturbance of the peace n (LAW)atteinte f à l'ordre public

disturbance

n
(political, social) → Unruhe f; (in house, street) → (Ruhe)störung f; to cause or create a disturbanceUnruhe or eine Ruhestörung verursachen; disturbance of the peaceStörung fdes Friedens
(= interruption: in work, routine) → Störung f
no pl (= disarranging, of papers) → Durcheinanderbringen nt; (of liquid)Bewegung f; (fig, of peace of mind) → Störung f; emotional disturbanceseelische Störung
no pl (= alarm, uneasiness)Unruhe f; I don’t want to cause any disturbance but …ich will Sie ja nicht beunruhigen, aber …

disturbance

[dɪsˈtɜːbns] n
a. (uneasiness, upset) → turbamento; (interruption) → interruzione f
b. (social, political) → disordini mpl, tumulto; (affray) → tafferuglio

disturb

(diˈstəːb) verb
1. to interrupt or take attention away from. I'm sorry, am I disturbing you?
2. to worry or make anxious. This news has disturbed me very much.
3. to stir up or throw into confusion. A violent storm disturbed the surface of the lake.
diˈsturbance noun
1. a noisy or disorderly happening. He was thrown out of the meeting for causing a disturbance.
2. an interruption. I've done quite a lot of work, despite several disturbances.
3. an act of disturbing. He was arrested for disturbance of the peace.

dis·tur·bance

n. confusión, disturbio.

disturbance

n trastorno, alteración f
References in classic literature ?
The giant lizard's progress could be traced by the disturbance of the leaves and underbrush, and the professor was following as closely as possible.
She felt the novelty of her position, indeed, but no longer with disturbance or affright.
The clergyman, therefore, hearing no symptoms of disturbance, uncovered his eyes and looked about him.
You scarcely noticed it at first--it sunk into your consciousness, a vague disturbance, a trouble.
A few moments more, and her father bore her, dripping and senseless, to the ladies' cabin, where, as is usual in cases of the kind, there ensued a very well-meaning and kind-hearted strife among the female occupants generally, as to who should do the most things to make a disturbance, and to hinder her recovery in every way possible.
Not a flock of wild geese cackles over our town, but it to some extent unsettles the value of real estate here, and, if I were a broker, I should probably take that disturbance into account.
So, then, the ringmaster he made a little speech, and said he hoped there wouldn't be no disturbance, and if the man would promise he wouldn't make no more trouble he would let him ride if he thought he could stay on the horse.
John Knightley, that in spite of maternal solicitude for the immediate enjoyment of her little ones, and for their having instantly all the liberty and attendance, all the eating and drinking, and sleeping and playing, which they could possibly wish for, without the smallest delay, the children were never allowed to be long a disturbance to him, either in themselves or in any restless attendance on them.
Her own fortune she had taken care to secure; and when her mother died--and it was wholly improbable, she tranquilly remarked, that she should either recover or linger long--she would execute a long-cherished project: seek a retirement where punctual habits would be permanently secured from disturbance, and place safe barriers between herself and a frivolous world.
With that he dashed headforemost out of the room, amid the merriment of the master and mistress, and to the serious disturbance of Catherine; who could not comprehend how her remarks should have produced such an exhibition of bad temper.
Her complexion partook of the pure monotony of tint which characterized her hair -- it was of the same soft, warm, creamy fairness all over, without a tinge of color in the cheeks, except on occasions of unusual bodily exertion or sudden mental disturbance.
Yielding to his own disturbance of mind, and to his young companion's agitation, which became greater every instant, Mr.