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Pronunciation:  di'sturbuns

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

DISTURBANCE is a 11 letter word that starts with D.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

 Definition: a cultural deposit is said to be disturbed when the original sequence of deposition has been altered or upset by post-depositional factors. Agents of disturbance include natural forces such as stream or wind erosion, plant or animal activity, land-slides etc.; and cultural forces such as later excavations.
Thesaurus Terms
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