disturbance

noun
dis·​tur·​bance | \ di-ˈstər-bən(t)s How to pronounce disturbance (audio) \

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

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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.
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The long-term survey shows that pandas are traveling out of the reserves and into regions of high human disturbance. Cliff Kapono, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Zoo studies return of the giant panda," 6 July 2018 Gaynor and her coauthors were surprised how commonly mammals switched over to nocturnal lifestyles, regardless of habitat type or intensity of human disturbance. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Fear of Humans Is Forcing Daytime Animals Into Night Mode," 14 June 2018 This disturbance may even inflame issues such as eczema if your skin is really sensitive, Dr. Bowe says. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "Here’s How Often You Should Really Be Washing Your Sheets," 23 Feb. 2019 Deputies were called to Lolo Hot Springs at 8 p.m. Saturday because Crowley was creating a disturbance and threatening to fire a gun, Missoula County prosecutors said. CBS News, "Officers recall finding buried baby; man says he abandoned boy because he was heavy," 11 July 2018 But broken capillaries are actually caused by an external disturbance in your skin — windburns, extreme temperature changes, excessive drinking or smoking — especially UV damage and trauma to the skin, such as popping a pimple too forcefully. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "How to Treat Broken Capillaries on Your Face — and Prevent Them in the First Place," 27 Sep. 2018 According to the man who recorded the video, the man in the wheelchair caused a small disturbance in the restaurant and was kicked out. Fox News, "Wisconsin restaurant responds after video shows security guards fighting man in wheelchair," 24 Sep. 2018 In a third, a post-on-rail type wall snakes through a Colorado River flood plain between Arizona and Baja California in Mexico, a design meant to minimize soil disturbance in fragile landscapes, as well as to prevent it being washed away in a flood. Andrew Welsh-huggins, The Seattle Times, "Exhibit showcases images of Mexico border walls, fences," 18 Sep. 2018 The officer was responding to a domestic disturbance in LeGrier’s family home. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Chicago agrees to pay $16 million to family of innocent bystander fatally shot by cop," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of disturbance

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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 How to pronounce disturbance (audio) \

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 How to pronounce disturbance (audio) \

Medical Definition of disturbance

: the state of being emotionally disturbed

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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

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