disrupt

Definitions

  • raven disrupts ride
    raven disrupts ride
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v disrupt interfere in someone else's activity "Please don't interrupt me while I'm on the phone"
    • v disrupt throw into disorder "This event disrupted the orderly process"
    • v disrupt make a break in "We interrupt the program for the following messages"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Disrupt Rent off; torn asunder; severed; disrupted.
    • disrupt To break asunder; to rend.
    • disrupt to destroy the continuity of, usually temporarily; as, electrical power was disrupted by the hurricane.
    • disrupt To interfere with or halt, especially by causing a lack of order; as, the shouting of the demonstrators disrupted the meeting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disrupt To break or burst asunder; separate forcibly.
    • disrupt Torn from or asunder; severed by rending or breaking.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disrupt dis-rupt′ to burst asunder, to break up
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Quotations

  • John F. Kennedy
    John%20F.%20Kennedy
    “Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.”
  • Denis Diderot
    Denis%20Diderot
    “The most dangerous madmen are those created by religion, and people whose aim is to disrupt society always know how to make good use of them on occasion.”
  • Vaclav Havel
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    “Drama assumes an order. If only so that it might have -- by disrupting that order -- a way of surprising.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. disruptus, diruptus, p. p. of disrumpere, to break or burst asunder; dis-, + rumpere, to break, burst. See Rupture
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. disruptus, diruptus, dirumpĕredis, asunder, rumpĕre, to break.

Usage

In literature:

But when that pattern is disrupted, they are lost.
"Valley of the Croen" by Lee Tarbell
There could be no doubt that the earthquake had disrupted this ridge.
"The Ascent of Denali (Mount McKinley)" by Hudson Stuck
Equally vague must be all present attempts to determine the volume of the disrupted matter.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
At Yungan a circumstance occurred which first promised to strengthen the Taepings, and then to lead to their disruption.
"The Life of Gordon, Volume I" by Demetrius Charles Boulger
For years everything was done to disrupt them, but without results.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 1, March 1906" by Various
The following day was one filled with an atmosphere of disruption and imminent departure.
"From the Car Behind" by Eleanor M. Ingram
And my first blast must have disrupted his fire control or something.
"Medal of Honor" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Being so much smaller, the moon would cool much more rapidly than the earth, and the disruptive effects would necessarily be greater.
"To Mars via The Moon" by Mark Wicks
In fact, such nations furnish in themselves an explosive force for disruption.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
The disrupting force of hard times was increased by the acts of the Republican party.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
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In poetry:

Dis-stance: versts, reaches...
They've disbanded, disrupted us,
Disunited and dissolved us,
Not knowing that we are an alloy
""Dis-stance: versts, miles"" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
Alone the few pale birches, gleaming
Mid greyish moss and stubby brush,
Like visions born of fevered dreaming
Disrupt the lifeless, eerie hush.
"Here, At A Meagre Earth" by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev
Flames disrupt the sky. The work is begun.
"Action!" My guns crash, flame, rock, and stun
Again and again. Soon the soughing night
Is loud with their clamour and leaps with their light.
"Battle" by Robert Nichols
I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.
Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets.
Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day
I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.
"Sonnet XI" by Pablo Neruda

In news:

A helicopter from the EU NAVFOR warship FS Nivôse was launched against a pirate skiff leading to the disruption of a pirate attack against the merchant vessel Nordneptun off Zanzibar, Tanzania on the morning of 25 May.
Disrupted rhythms of nomadic family life.
The drought in India separates nomadic families by disrupting the rhythms of the seasons.
In April 2003, John Ashcroft's Justice Department disrupted what appears to have been a horrifying terrorist plot.
Southern California Edison crews have been working since early this afternoon to try to replace a major power circuit in downtown Oxnard, which was disrupted by a traffic accident.
Varnishing sidewalks and streets with a treacherous icy coating, a wintry blast of snow, sleet and freezing rain closed major highways, disrupted air traffic and halted trains from Boston to Washington yesterday.
ORVs disrupting Nova Scotia airport.
Lawton Weber in the Gihon River in Johnson, Vt. Near where he discovered didymo, an algae that disrupts ecosystems.
The disruption of one of these genes has a key role in the development of leukemia.
Not surprisingly, the massive hurricane that slammed into the East Coast Monday night caused some disruption to cell phone service in the region on all four major wireless carriers.
Puridiom works with an independent Texas-based oil company to convert a completely manual procurement process to a smoothly running automated procurement function with as little disruption as possible.
The slice will help you change the pace of rallies, approach the net and disrupt the rhythm of opponents who are used to reacting to topspin.
They do a good job of planning, but they are still not well-equipped to handle possible disruptions.
Intermodal provider Pacer International saw its third-quarter net income jump 83 percent to $1.1 million while revenue fell, but said it would have done better had not Hurricane Alex disrupted its traffic in and out of Mexico last summer.
Flooding in Nashville Disrupts Colleges.
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In science:

This implies that these neutron stars are weakly magnetic (B ≪ 109 G) so the accretion flow is likely not disrupted before it reache s the neutron star surface.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
The proper characterization of the system at these low energies is in terms of IAF-ordered spin clusters, as well as the domain-wall excitations that act to disrupt this order.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
The inner regions, where the gas density is higher, are more difficult to disrupt, and may continue to harbor cooling flows even after disruption events.
A Moderate Cluster Cooling Flow Model
However, the outer regions (∼> 30 kpc) must start a new cooling flow after the disruption.
A Moderate Cluster Cooling Flow Model
The cooling flow in our model was disrupted a few times during the cluster evolution, with a typical duration between disruptions of te .
A Moderate Cluster Cooling Flow Model
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