noun dis·tur·bance \ di-ˈstər-bən(t)s \
|Updated on: 16 Aug 2018

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

Examples of disturbance in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of disturbance

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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DISTURBANCE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of disturbance for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


noun dis·tur·bance \ di-ˈstər-bəns \

Definition of disturbance for Students

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 : 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

Law Dictionary


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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