• WordNet 3.6
    • v disturb damage as if by shaking or jarring "Don't disturb the patient's wounds by moving him too rapidly!"
    • v disturb destroy the peace or tranquility of "Don't interrupt me when I'm reading"
    • v disturb tamper with "Don't touch my CDs!"
    • v disturb change the arrangement or position of
    • v disturb move deeply "This book upset me","A troubling thought"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Men are a lot more streamlined than women for swimming, because the female's mamaries create a lot of drag. Enough, in fact, that racing suits have been developed with tiny pegs above the breasts to cause disturbance, which decreases the drag.
    • n Disturb Disturbance.
    • Disturb To agitate the mind of; to deprive of tranquillity; to disquiet; to render uneasy; as, a person is disturbed by receiving an insult, or his mind is disturbed by envy.
    • Disturb To throw into disorder or confusion; to derange; to interrupt the settled state of; to excite from a state of rest. "Preparing to disturb With all-cofounding war the realms above.""The bellow's noise disturbed his quiet rest.""The utmost which the discontented colonies could do, was to disturb authority."
    • Disturb To turn from a regular or designed course. "And disturb His inmost counsels from their destined aim."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disturb To stir; trouble; agitate; molest; move from a state of rest or tranquillity: as, to disturb a sleeper; to disturb the sediment.
    • disturb To move or agitate; discompose; disquiet; throw into perplexity or confusion.
    • disturb To interfere with; interrupt; hinder; incommode; derange.
    • disturb To turn aside; cause to deviate; throw out of course or order.
    • disturb Synonyms To disorder, unsettle, molest
    • disturb To perplex, trouble, annoy, vex, worry, plague.
    • disturb To impede, interrupt.
    • n disturb Disturbance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disturb dis-turb′ to throw into confusion: to agitate: to disquiet: to interrupt
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  • Frederic Chopin
    Frederic Chopin
    “Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.”
  • Margaret J. Wheatley
    Margaret J. Wheatley
    “The things we fear most in organizations -- fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances -- are the primary sources of creativity.”
  • Hermann Hesse
    “If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Man is made for something better than disturbing dirt.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    “If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.”
  • Adam Smith
    “The mind is so rarely disturbed, but that the company of friend will restore it to some degree of tranquility and sedateness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. desturben, destourben, OF. destorber, desturber, destourber, fr. L. disturbare, disturbatum,; dis-, + turbare, to disturb, trouble, turba, disorder, tumult, crowd. See Turbid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. distourber—L. disturbāre, dis, asunder, turbāre, to agitate—turba, a crowd.


In literature:

The boy seemed in a trance over this musical composition, and even our appearance had not disturbed his efforts.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
No authentic accounts came in of disturbances.
"The Reign of Mary Tudor" by James Anthony Froude
There must have been a huge volcanic disturbance, doubtless under the sea.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
He hated to disturb her faith.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Every disturbance in mental actions is thus at the same time a disturbance in the equilibrium of nervous functions.
"Psychotherapy" by Hugo Münsterberg
No noise to disturb him now.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
This desire usually comes from a chronic disturbance of nutrition.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
She's a lady that mustn't be disturbed.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
I disturbed it and it fled, looking as though it had grown old in trespasses and sins.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
But, though dead, that guilty traitor has not ceased to disturb our peace.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau

In poetry:

No disturbing dream!
Think of nothing but your loves:
No disturbing dream,
Of the fair ones think!
"Impression Fausse" by Paul Verlaine
Disturbing truth and righteous law,
It scorns the bitter tear,
And laughs at all we hold in awe,
And all that causes fear.
"Hate" by Thomas Frederick Young
After we have stopped
singing, the garden is disturbed
by echoes. It is
the man whistling, expecting
everything to come to him.
"Thirteen Blackbirds Looking at a Man" by R S Thomas
Strange the world about me lies,
Never yet familiar grown—
Still disturbs me with surprise,
Haunts me like a face half known.
"World Strangeness" by William Watson
From Jealousy's tormenting Strife
For ever be Thy Bosom free'd:
That nothing may disturb Thy Life,
Content I hasten to the Dead.
"Answer To Cloe Jealous. The Author Sick" by Matthew Prior
The mother smiled
As one who knew; and it is true they knelt
As to a King. The thing disturbs me much!
I'll ask--but no . . . . .
"Joseph" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay

In news:

Thousands of earthquake damaged homes across Christchurch are being tested for potentially dangerous asbestos - which could be disturbed in the massive fix up job.
Science finds god in particle form, green-on-blue attacks continue in Afghanistan, and new evidence sheds disturbing light on the mysterious death of Yasser Arafat.
As a follow up to my previous post, a disturbing banner that included not just the Communist hammer and sickle symbol but US tax-payer funded GM's Cadillac logo as well.
Police evacuated a Holiday gas station after receiving a call about an emotionally disturbed man in North St Paul on Monday, Sept 17.
But her disturbing statements are presented in court through witnesses.
VIOLENCE Much action-film violence and a severe injury to the horse, which could greatly disturb young ones.
Well, the hilarious and disturbing photo that Shelton just shared on Twitter, from what he claims is a 'The Voice' "photo shoot," should have Lambert hitting the unfollow button yet again.
Howard Jacobson fuels 'Zoo Time' with hilarity , and disturbing energy.
I sense a disturbance in The Force.
To add clarity, Komenda said that meant "no youth hostels next door with inebriated individuals" who may be "creating a disturbance right next to our property.
Rated R (violent, disturbing and sexual content, profanity).
The officers were called to a disturbance at the Humpty Doo Tavern in rural Darwin.
REM Sleep Disturbances in Huntington Disease.
TNR 's Ben Eisler investigates a disturbing Wall Street fad in an exclusive video report.
And usually attended with emotional disturbances and enfeeblement or perversion of the moral and intellectual faculties.

In science:

With this term the elliptical galaxy X-ray surface brightness distributions more nearly resemble those observed and the dynamical mass to light ratios are not greatly disturbed (e.g.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
Thus we have analyzed the red clusters only from the spanning clusters of down spins, which does not disturb the statistics, since the spin directions are symmetrical.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
If we compare this formula with the results presented in Table I, we come to a disturbing conclusion: a particle’s mass variation depends explicitly on the choice of parameterization.
Null Geodesics in Five Dimensional Manifolds
The above equilibrium state is disturbed with an infinitesimal perturbation.
The Effect of the Random Magnetic Field Component on the Parker Instability
There is, however, possible evidence of a disturbance in the very outer profile; it turns downward from an exponential profile at around 250′′ .
Evidence for an outer disk in the Prototype `Compact Elliptical' Galaxy M32