noun dis·tur·bance \di-ˈstər-bən(t)s\

: something that stops you from working, sleeping, etc. : the act of disturbing someone or something

: a change in the position, arrangement, or order of something

: violent or noisy behavior especially in public

Full Definition of DISTURBANCE

:  the act of disturbing :  the state of being disturbed
:  a local variation from the average or normal wind conditions


  1. She doesn't want any more disturbances while she is studying.
  2. He reacts badly to disturbance of his daily routine.
  3. Fish are able to detect even slight disturbances in the water.
  4. Disturbance of the river's sediment causes cloudy water.
  5. Neighbors called the police to report a disturbance.
  6. They were arrested for creating a disturbance.
  7. The violence that soldiers experience in war can lead to emotional disturbance in later years.

First Known Use of DISTURBANCE

13th century

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DISTURBANCE Defined for Kids


noun dis·tur·bance \di-ˈstər-bəns\

Definition of DISTURBANCE for Kids

:  the act of interrupting, changing the arrangement of, or upsetting :  the state of being interrupted, changed in arrangement, or upset <Fish can feel any disturbances in the water.>
:  2disorder 2, commotion <I reported a disturbance to the police.>
Medical Dictionary


noun dis·tur·bance \dis-ˈtər-bən(t)s\

Medical Definition of DISTURBANCE

:  the state of being emotionally disturbed


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