Definitions for: Disturbance

[n] the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
[n] a noisy fight
[n] activity that is an intrusion or interruption; "he looked around for the source of the disturbance"; "there was a disturbance of neural function"
[n] electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
[n] a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"
[n] (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
[n] an unhappy and worried mental state; "there was too much anger and disturbance"; "she didn't realize the upset she caused me"

Webster (1913) Definition: Dis*turb"ance, n. [OF. destorbance.]
1. 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.

2. Confusion of the mind; agitation of the feelings;
perplexity; uneasiness.

Any man . . . in a state of disturbance and
irritation. --Burke.

3. Violent agitation in the body politic; public commotion;

The disturbance was made to support a general
accusation against the province. --Bancroft.

4. (Law) The hindering or disquieting of a person in the
lawful and peaceable enjoyment of his right; the
interruption of a right; as, the disturbance of a
franchise, of common, of ways, and the like. --Blackstone.

Syn: Tumult; brawl; commotion; turmoil; uproar; hubbub;
disorder; derangement; confusion; agitation;
perturbation; annoyance.

Synonyms: affray, commotion, disruption, flutter, folie, fray, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, interference, kerfuffle, mental disorder, mental disturbance, noise, perturbation, perturbation, psychological disorder, ruffle, stir, to-do, turmoil

See Also: aberration, activity, affective disorder, agitation, agitation, anxiety disorder, atmospheric static, atmospherics, background, background signal, battle royal, bother, carnival, circus, combat, commotion, conversion disorder, conversion hysteria, conversion reaction, crosstalk, delirium, delusional disorder, derangement, din, disorder, disorganisation, disorganization, disruption, dissociative disorder, emotional disorder, emotional disturbance, encopresis, excitement, fadeout, fight, fighting, folie a deux, furor, furore, fuss, garboil, hassle, havoc, hullabaloo, incident, jitter, magnetic storm, major affective disorder, mayhem, melee, motility, motion, move, movement, neurosis, neuroticism, outburst, overthrow, personality disorder, perturbation, psychoneurosis, psychosomatic disorder, rampage, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, schizothymia, scrimmage, static, storm, storm center, storm centre, tempest, trouble, tumult, tumult, tumultuous disturbance, tumultuousness, turmoil, upheaval, uproar, upset, upset, violent disorder, XT

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