perturbation

noun per·tur·ba·tion \ ˌpər-tər-ˈbā-shən , ˌpər-ˌtər- \

Definition of perturbation

1 :the action of perturbing :the state of being perturbed
2 :a disturbance of motion, course, arrangement, or state of equilibrium; especially :a disturbance of the regular and usually elliptical course of motion of a celestial body that is produced by some force additional to that which causes its regular motion

perturbational

play \ˌpər-tər-ˈbā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl, ˌpər-ˌtər-\ adjective

Examples of perturbation in a Sentence

  1. a perturbation in the planet's orbit

  2. in her perturbation she kept calling her son, a freshman, to see if everything was all right at college

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First Known Use of perturbation

14th century


PERTURBATION Defined for English Language Learners

perturbation

noun

Definition of perturbation for English Language Learners

  • : a change in the normal state or regular movement of something

  • : the state of being worried or upset



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