• WordNet 3.6
    • n disturber a troubler who interrupts or interferes with peace and quiet; someone who causes disorder and commotion
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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.
    • Disturber (Law) One who interrupts or incommodes another in the peaceable enjoyment of his right.
    • Disturber One who, or that which, disturbs of disquiets; a violator of peace; a troubler. "A needless disturber of the peace of God's church and an author of dissension."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disturber One who disturbs or disquiets; a violator of peace or harmony; one who causes tumult or disorder.
    • n disturber One who or that which excites disgust, agitation, or tumult; that which causes perturbation.
    • n disturber In law, one who hinders or incommodes another in the peaceable enjoyment of his rights.
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  • Frederic Chopin
    Frederic Chopin
    “Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.”
  • Epictetus
    “Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.”
  • Margaret J. Wheatley
    Margaret J. Wheatley
    “The things we fear most in organizations -- fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances -- are the primary sources of creativity.”
  • Dag Hammarskjold
    “If even dying is to be made a social function, then, grant me the favor of sneaking out on tiptoe without disturbing the party.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “The smallest annoyances, disturb us the most.”
  • 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. destorbeor,


In literature:

Such was the disturbing incident which ended the bleeding of his dignity.
"Helen with the High Hand (2nd ed.)" by Arnold Bennett
Any disturbance of that strikes at the very vitals of society.
"Quiet Talks about Jesus" by S. D. Gordon
That's why I don't want the leaves disturbed any more than we can help.
"The Young Wireless Operator--As a Fire Patrol" by Lewis E. Theiss
Then the lateness of the guests had disturbed her.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
The confusion and hubbub were in a high degree disturbing and puzzling.
"The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories" by Arnold Bennett
He did not want to be mentally disturbed.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
Paris that morning was displaying the same vague joy and sorrow as that which disturbed her heart.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
No; there was nothing striking, or to be disturbed about.
"Story of Chester Lawrence" by Nephi Anderson
Who was the fool of a peasant who disturbed you?
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
This was somehow disturbing, but with a half-conscious wish to shirk the truth he would not inquire bluntly why it disturbed him.
"The Lure of the North" by Harold Bindloss

In poetry:

He, having learned in full the golden rule,
Which guides great lives, stood fairly by the same,
Unruffled as the Oriental pool,
Before the bright, disturbing angel came.
"In Memoriam — Nicol Drysdale Stenhouse" by Henry Kendall
Our boat was drifting slowly, gently round,
To rest secure till evening shadows fell;
No sound disturbed the stillness of the air,
Save the soft chiming of the vesper bell.
"Drifting" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
No secret Horrors gnaw this quiet Breast,
This pious Hand ne'er rob'd the sacred Fane,
I ne'er disturb'd the God's eternal Rest
With Curses loud,—but oft have pray'd in vain.
"Elegy IV" by James Hammond
— This is what is heard in the senseless woe without remedy
Of Nagasaki’s Port captain;
When nothing disturbs the moonstruck tepid night
But the slow bubbling of teriyaki...
"Japan —Nagasaki" by Henry Jean-Marie Levet
Dream as we may, desire of life shall never
Disturb our slumbers in the house of sleep.
Yet oh, to think we may not greet for ever
The one or two that, when we leave them, weep!
"The House of Sleep" by Robert Fuller Murray
"Pray, Love, what has disturbed thee so?"
Said I, amazed. "Thou seem'st bereft;
And see thy quiver hanging low,--
What, not a single arrow left?
Pray, who is guilty of this theft?"
"Love Despoiled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

When reading screening mammograms recently, it was both odd and disturbing to find several cancers all in the space of one morning.
A 26-year-old man was in the Milwaukee County Jail on Monday, facing disturbing accusations of child abuse.
The personal journals of prisoner Steven Powell offer a disturbing portrait of a man who was obsessed with his daughter-in-law years before she went missing in 2009 — a case that's taken one tragic turn after another.
The case of missing Utah woman Susan Powell continues to make disturbing twists and turns three years later, despite the deaths of both the prime suspect in her disappearance, husband Josh Powell, and their children.
A rally in opposition to the proposed Islamic center in lower Manhattan marred what should have been a day of remembrance and reflection with disturbing outbursts of racism and misogyny.
DISTURBING The mortality rate for diabetes increased 13.8 percent last year, one of the fastest rates of increases among the nation's top 10 killers.
A Jerusalem neighbprhood decided to play very loud music, in defiance of the volume and disturbance of the sound of the muezzin at the nearby mosque.
Schroon Lake, NY, Sep 24, 2012 — Incumbent Assemblywoman Janet Duprey says she's disturbed by the recent defacing of some of her campaign signs along US Route 11.
Since the mid-1970s, the disturbing abduction murders of four children have been attributed to an - 12:38 am.
A disturbing discovery at a Fresno motel Sunday.
Puddle Of Mudd Singer Arrested After Airplane Disturbance.
Police in Austin say the pilot of a JetBlue flight requested an emergency landing Tuesday to remove an unruly passenger creating a disturbance.
Singer Wes Scantlin of the rock band Puddle of Mudd was arrested Tuesday after allegedly causing a disturbance on a cross-country jetliner flight.
No streetlights or glowing living rooms disturbed the view.
Just last night, if you stayed up past your local news and turned on the TV you would have seen a disturbing negative report about the dairy industry on ABC.

In science:

This means that structure and content of an email can be analysed at the server before it arrives at the recipient and so SPAM can be detected before it disturbs the recipient.
SPAM over Internet Telephony and how to deal with it
Infinitesimal changes of the transition operators and of the Hamiltonian can lead to mergers, may disturb an existing structure, or move it in the Hilbert space, but they can not create a new one.
Analysis of quantum semigroups with GKS--Lindblad generators II. General
Example: Consider the simple generator with transition operator h = σx , disturb it with k = σy . • Symmetries may disappear (but new symmetries can not emerge).
Analysis of quantum semigroups with GKS--Lindblad generators II. General
If it disturbs this symmetry, the phase relations vanish by dephasing. j βj ρj (λ) found in this way there could, formally, also be families with the βj depending on λ.
Analysis of quantum semigroups with GKS--Lindblad generators II. General
Both nMOS and pMOS transistors can be built, without disturbing the charge collection, and the detector wafer can be reversely biased, thus improving the efficiency of charge carriers col lection.
A Sensor with Analog and Digital Pixels in 0.15 micron SOI Technology