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disturbance


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Disturbance  \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; 
  tumult. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  disturbance 
  n  1:  activity  that  is  an  intrusion  or  interruption;  "he  looked 
  around  for  the  source  of  the  disturbance";  "there  was  a 
  disturbance  of  neural  function"  [syn:  {perturbation}] 
  2:  an  unhappy  and  worried  mental  state;  "there  was  too  much 
  anger  and  disturbance";  "she  didn't  realize  the  upset  she 
  caused  me"  [syn:  {perturbation},  {upset}] 
  3:  a  disorderly  outburst  or  tumult;  "they  were  amazed  by  the 
  furious  disturbance  they  had  caused"  [syn:  {disruption},  {commotion}, 
  {turmoil},  {stir},  {hurly  burly},  {to-do}] 
  4:  a  noisy  fight  [syn:  {affray},  {fray},  {ruffle}] 
  5:  the  act  of  disturbing  something  or  someone  setting 
  something  in  motion 
  6:  (psychiatry)  a  psychological  disorder  of  thought  or  emotion; 
  a  more  neutral  term  than  mental  illness  [syn:  {mental 
  disorder},  {mental  disturbance}] 
  7:  electrical  or  acoustic  activity  that  can  disturb 
  communication  [syn:  {noise},  {interference}] 




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