Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
  2. (noun, act) a noisy fight
  3. (noun, event) activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption
    he looked around for the source of the disturbance
    there was a disturbance of neural function
  4. (noun, event) electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
  5. (noun, state) a disorderly outburst or tumult
  6. (noun, state) (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
  7. (noun, state) an unhappy and worried mental state
    she didn't realize the upset she caused me

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Disturbance

  1. late 13c., from O.Fr. destorbance (12c.), from destourber, from L. disturbare (see disturb). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Disturbance

disturbing, doctor of music

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