- the act of disturbing.
- the state of being disturbed.
- an instance of this; commotion.
- something that disturbs.
- an outbreak of disorder; a breach of public peace: Political disturbances shook the city.
- Meteorology. any cyclonic storm or low-pressure area, usually a small one.
- Geology. a crustal movement of moderate intensity, somewhat restricted in area.
Origin of disturbance
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Examples from the Web for disturbance
Playing in her yard one day, she saw “a ripple, a disturbance of the air … My first thought is that I have seen the devil.”Hilary Mantel Visits the Twilight Zone
October 14, 2014
The man was a member of the Los Angeles police force investigating a disturbance at such-and-such and address.The Stacks: Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself: Robert Mitchum
July 19, 2014
And they are writing a tell-all story or causing some kind of disturbance, be it legal or whatever else to get attention.Britain Puts Mormonism on Trial
February 8, 2014
They knew someone had tried to clean up the house after a disturbance.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
Was a séance held or Ouija board used before the disturbance began?True Life: I’m a Part-Time Ghost Hunter
September 15, 2013
The business world reflects the disturbance of war's reaction.
To him that was the peculiar feature of the disturbance in his nature.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Kingozi pushed his way rather angrily to the centre of disturbance.
Finally he grasped his kiboko and started in the direction of the disturbance.
This ended the day, and the night passed quietly without the least disturbance.The Field of Ice
- the act of disturbing or the state of being disturbed
- an interruption or intrusion
- an unruly outburst or tumult
- law an interference with another's rights
- a minor movement of the earth causing a small earthquake
- a minor mountain-building event
- meteorol a small depression
- psychiatry a mental or emotional disorder
Word Origin and History for disturbance
late 13c., "mental distress," from Old French destorbance (12c., Old North French distorbance), from destourber, from Latin disturbare (see disturb). Meaning "public disturbance" is c.1300; that of "destruction of peace or unity" is late 14c.