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Definition 1: the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion - [noun denoting act]

(disturbance is a kind of ...) a change of position that does not entail a change of location

"the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise" "movement is a sign of life" "an impatient move of his hand" "gastrointestinal motility"

(... is a kind of disturbance ) violently angry and destructive behavior

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a sudden violent disturbance

(... is a kind of disturbance ) disturbance usually in protest

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a noisy riotous fight

(... is a kind of disturbance ) violent and needless disturbance

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a sudden outburst (as of protest)

(... is a kind of disturbance ) the act of making a noisy disturbance

(... is a kind of disturbance ) the act of causing disorder

(... is a kind of disturbance ) the disturbance of a systematic arrangement causing disorder and confusion

"the disorganization of the enemy troops by a flank attack"

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment

"it was so funny it was a circus" "the whole occasion had a carnival atmosphere"

(... is a kind of disturbance ) the act of disturbing the mind or body

"his carelessness could have caused an ecological upset" "she was unprepared for this sudden overthrow of their normal way of living"

Definition 2: a noisy fight - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for disturbance in the sense of this definition

(disturbance is a kind of ...) the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

"a fight broke out at the hockey game" "there was fighting in the streets" "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"

Definition 3: activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption - [noun denoting event]

Samples where disturbance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the term `distress' connotes some degree of perturbation and emotional upset
  • he looked around for the source of the disturbance
  • there was a disturbance of neural function

Synonyms for disturbance in the sense of this definition

(disturbance is a kind of ...) any specific behavior

"they avoided all recreational activity"

(... is a kind of disturbance ) an angry disturbance

"he didn't want to make a fuss" "they had labor trouble" "a spot of bother"

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a sudden disturbance of the earth's magnetic field; caused by emission of particles from the sun

Definition 4: electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for disturbance in the sense of this definition

(disturbance is a kind of ...) an event causing distress or pain

"what is the trouble?" "heart trouble"

(... is a kind of disturbance ) unwanted echoes that interfere with the observation of signals on a radar screen

(... is a kind of disturbance ) extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured

"they got a bad connection and could hardly hear one another over the background signals"

(... is a kind of disturbance ) the presence of an unwanted signal via an accidental coupling

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a gradual temporary loss of a transmitted signal due to electrical disturbances

(... is a kind of disturbance ) small rapid variations in a waveform resulting from fluctuations in the voltage supply or mechanical vibrations or other sources

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a crackling or hissing noise caused by electrical interference

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a noise produced by a stimulus containing all of the audible frequencies of vibration

"white noise is a good masking agent"

Definition 5: a disorderly outburst or tumult - [noun denoting state]

Samples where disturbance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused

Synonyms for disturbance in the sense of this definition

(disturbance is a kind of ...) a disturbance of the peace or of public order

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a violent disturbance

"the convulsions of the stock market"

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a disturbance that is extremely disruptive

"selling the company caused an earthquake among the employees"

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a public disturbance

"the police investigated an incident at the bus station"

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event

"he made a great splash and then disappeared"

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a violent commotion or disturbance

"the storms that had characterized their relationship had died away" "it was only a tempest in a teapot"

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a center of trouble or disturbance

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a state of commotion and noise and confusion

Definition 6: (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for disturbance in the sense of this definition

(disturbance is a kind of ...) a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning

"the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder" "everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time"

(... is a kind of disturbance ) dissociation so severe that the usually integrated functions of consciousness and perception of self break down

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a mental or personality disturbance not attributable to any known neurological or organic dysfunction

(... is a kind of disturbance ) resembling schizophrenia but remaining within the bounds of normality

(... is a kind of disturbance ) any mental disorder not caused by detectable organic abnormalities of the brain and in which a major disturbance of emotions is predominant

(... is a kind of disturbance ) inflexible and maladaptive patterns of behavior

(... is a kind of disturbance ) the simultaneous occurrence of symptoms of a mental disorder (as delusions) in two persons who are closely related (as siblings or man and wife)

(... is a kind of disturbance ) involuntary defecation not attributable to physical defects or illness

(... is a kind of disturbance ) any mental disorder in which delusions play a significant role

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a usually brief state of excitement and mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a mental disorder characterized by the conversion of mental conflict into somatic forms (into paralysis or anesthesia having no apparent cause)

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a disorder in one's mental state

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a mental disorder that causes somatic symptoms

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a cover term for a variety of mental disorders in which severe anxiety is a salient symptom

(... is a kind of disturbance ) a psychiatric disorder usually noted during early school years; characterized by impaired social relations and by repetitive patterns of behavior

(disturbance belongs to category ...) the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders

Definition 7: an unhappy and worried mental state - [noun denoting state]

Samples where disturbance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there was too much anger and disturbance
  • she didn't realize the upset she caused me

Synonyms for disturbance in the sense of this definition

(disturbance is a kind of ...) a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance

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