Definition of disturbance in English:


Syllabification: dis·tur·bance
Pronunciation: /disˈtərbəns


  • 1The interruption of a settled and peaceful condition: a helicopter landing can cause disturbance to residents
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    • I had expected a degree of disturbance and interruption as I switched over to Retirement Pension from Incapacity Benefit, and still do.
    • Goliath continued, wanting no disturbance or interruption in his clarification.
    • Try to find a quiet place that has no possibility of disturbance or interruption.
    disruption, distraction, interference; bother, trouble, inconvenience, upset, annoyance, irritation, intrusion, harassment, hassle
  • 1.1A breakdown of peaceful and law-abiding behavior; a riot: the disturbances were precipitated when four men were refused bail
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    • The people gathered round then debated what ‘damages’ she would have to pay to the community for having caused a disturbance of the peace.
    • According to Bulgarian border police, the group had caused a disturbance of the peace and were not fit to enter the country.
    • The state defines unlawful assembly as a threat of ‘tumultuous disturbance of the peace.’
    riot, fracas, upheaval, brawl, street fight, melee, free-for-all, ruckus, rumpus, rumble, ruction
  • 1.2The disruption of healthy functioning: her severe mental disturbance was diagnosed as schizophrenia
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    • The assumption is that, well these people had a mental disturbance or mental illness, that's why they did what they did.
    • Their personal problems and mental disturbances did not disturb brisk activities.
    • Those children lucky enough to survive the disease may have persistent mental or neurological disturbances.
    trouble, perturbation, distress, worry, upset, agitation, discomposure, discomfiture; neurosis, illness, sickness, disorder, complaint
  • 1.3 Meteorology A local variation from normal or average wind conditions, usually a small tornado or cyclone.
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    • After wind disturbance, managed forests are generally salvaged to minimize economic losses.
    • It can also test in a tandem mode to detect wind disturbance induced by one car following another.
    • The strong brightening of the aurora on 28 January corresponded with the recent arrival of a large disturbance in the solar wind.
  • 1.4 Law Interference with rights or property; molestation.
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    • Police said the allegations against the nine Britons still held, ranged from bodily injury to robbery or disturbance of public order.
    • Authorities charged them both with trespassing, peace disturbance, and resisting arrest.
    • Such construction would minimise property disturbance whilst complying with the topography of the terrain.


Middle English: from Old French destourbance, from destourber (see disturb).

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