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Meaning of PERTURB

Pronunciation:  pur'turb

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  throw into great confusion or disorder; "Fundamental Islamicists threaten to perturb the social order in Algeria and Egypt"
  2. [v]  disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed; "She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill"
  3. [v]  cause a celestial body to deviate from a theoretically regular orbital motion, esp. as a result of interposed or extraordinary gravitational pull; "The orbits of these stars were perturbed by the passings of a comet"
  4. [v]  disturb or interfere with the usual path of an electron or atom; "The electrons were perturbed by the passing ion"

PERTURB is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: cark, derange, disorder, disquiet, distract, throw out of kilter, trouble, unhinge
 See Also: deviate, disarray, disorder, disturb, upset, vex, worry



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Per*turb"\, v. t. [L. perturbare, perturbatum; per +
turbare to disturb, fr. turba a disorder: cf. OF. perturber.
See {Per-}, and {Turbid}.]
1. To disturb; to agitate; to vex; to trouble; to disquiet.

         Ye that . . . perturb so my feast with crying.

2. To disorder; to confuse. [R.] --Sir T. Browne.

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