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tr.v. dis·rupt·ed, dis·rupt·ing, dis·rupts
1. To throw into confusion or disorder: Protesters disrupted the candidate's speech.
2. To interrupt or impede the progress of: Our efforts in the garden were disrupted by an early frost. The noise disrupted my nap.
3. To break apart or alter so as to prevent normal or expected functioning: radiation that disrupts DNA and kills bacteria.

[Latin disrumpere, disrupt-, to break apart : dis-, dis- + rumpere, to break apart; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

dis·rupt′er, dis·rup′tor n.
dis·rup′tion n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.disrupted - marked by breaks or gaps; "many routes are unsafe or disrupted"
noncontinuous, discontinuous - not continuing without interruption in time or space; "discontinuous applause"; "the landscape was a discontinuous mosaic of fields and forest areas"; "he received a somewhat haphazard and discontinuous schooling"
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It had been a clinging life; and though the object round which its fibres had clung was a dead disrupted thing, it satisfied the need for clinging.
ROSE'S grief was a surprise to herself; there was no blinking the fact that her life was going to be far more disrupted by Martin's death than it had been by Bill's.
He could never weld the warring factions of the disrupted federation.
Was Van Horn's darkness as the darkness of the blue-bottle fly that his fly-flapping maid smashed and disrupted in mid-flight of the air?
She was subtly perturbed by it, and more than once, though she knew not why, it disrupted her train of thought with its delicious intrusion and compelled her to grope for the remainder of ideas partly uttered.
Thank you, sir," was the steward's acknowledgment, ere he ran aft, disrupted the binnacle, and carried the steering compass back to the boat.
It was not a squall, but a regular breeze--the disrupted trade wind, eight points out of its direction but resuming business once more.
But the porcupine, squealing and grunting, with disrupted anatomy trying feebly to roll up into its ball-protection, flicked out its tail again, and again the big cat squalled with hurt and astonishment.
The capture of the world-market by the United States had disrupted the rest of the world.
Francois was surprised, too, when they shot out in a tangle from the disrupted nest and he divined the cause of the trouble.
Disruption by Design" conveys lessons learned from successful disruptors, and from the many companies that should have disrupted but failed.
The researchers also found an enzyme inhibitor, oxamate - known to reduce LDHA activity - operated in the same manner: It also disrupted the metabolic system of pancreatic cancer cells.