disturbance

noun
dis·​tur·​bance | \ di-ˈstər-bən(t)s \

Definition of disturbance

1 : the act of disturbing : the state of being disturbed apologized for creating a disturbance
2 : a local variation from the average or normal wind conditions

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of disturbance in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Colic is generally thought to be caused by a combination of several factors, such as a gastrointestinal disturbance and a still-developing digestive tract, but the exact cause isn't well understood, Dr. Kyvelos says. Kimberly Truong, SELF, "Hilary Duff Reveals Her Daughter Has Colic—and Asks for Help on Instagram," 4 Jan. 2019 Amid the disturbances, Jayasuriya resorted to voice votes. Bharatha Mallawarachi, The Seattle Times, "Sri Lanka lawmakers linked to disputed PM boycott Parliament," 27 Nov. 2018 These disturbances can be detected and used to read data that should be inaccessible. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks," 14 Nov. 2018 The ancient Greeks used sound vibration to aid in digestion, treat mental disturbance, and induce sleep, and even Aristotle's De Anima detailed how flute music could purify the soul. Nicole Dellert, Allure, "I Tried a Sound Bath — Here's What This Meditative Practice Is Really Like," 24 Oct. 2018 Hurricane forecasters on Wednesday morning (May 23) increased the development chances for a weather disturbance heading for the Gulf of Mexico. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "Tropical depression has 60 percent chance of developing in Gulf this week, hurricane forecasters say," 23 May 2018 Police arrived to a call for family disturbance in the 400 block of North 42nd Street. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "LMPD chief: Man who injured an officer with a knife was shot and killed by police," 25 Apr. 2018 On July 4, 2013, Aurora police responded to a call for a disturbance in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Aurora’s West Side. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Appellate court upholds conviction of Aurora street gang member," 24 Apr. 2018 A few days after the introduction of Maya, the Blue Bloods Twitter account released a video of Maya and Eddie during one of their first tests on the job together—a disturbance at a convenience store. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Broke Up Eddie and Jamie As Partners and People Have Some Feelings," 10 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'disturbance.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of disturbance

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about disturbance

Share disturbance

Statistics for disturbance

Last Updated

18 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for disturbance

The first known use of disturbance was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for disturbance

disturbance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of disturbance

: 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

disturbance

noun
dis·​tur·​bance | \ di-ˈstər-bəns \

Kids Definition of disturbance

1 : 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.
2 : disorder entry 2 sense 2, commotion I reported a disturbance to the police.

disturbance

noun
dis·​tur·​bance | \ dis-ˈtər-bən(t)s \

Medical Definition of disturbance

: the state of being emotionally disturbed

Keep scrolling for more

disturbance

noun
dis·​tur·​bance

Legal Definition of disturbance

: an interruption of peace or order specifically : an interruption of the quiet enjoyment of one's property

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on disturbance

What made you want to look up disturbance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a complex dispute or argument

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!