- to cause disorder or turmoil in: The news disrupted their conference.
- to destroy, usually temporarily, the normal continuance or unity of; interrupt: Telephone service was disrupted for hours.
- to break apart: to disrupt a connection.
- Business. to radically change (an industry, business strategy, etc.), as by introducing a new product or service that creates a new market: It’s time to disrupt your old business model.
- broken apart; disrupted.
Origin of disrupt
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There was another snap as the switch of the disrupter beam was turned on.
In moments the ammeter connected with the disrupter beam began to rise so rapidly that Morey watched it with some concern.
Instantly his disrupter burst appeared on the screen off the starboard bow of the black enemy.
As he did, the first disrupter explosion came, not two kilometers ahead.
- (tr) to throw into turmoil or disorder
- (tr) to interrupt the progress of (a movement, meeting, etc)
- to break or split (something) apart
C17: from Latin disruptus burst asunder, from dīrumpere to dash to pieces, from dis- 1 + rumpere to burst
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Word Origin and History for disrupter
1650s, but rare before c.1820, from Latin disruptus, past participle of disrumpere (see disruption). Or perhaps a back-formation from disruption. Related: Disrupted; disrupting.
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