• WordNet 3.6
    • n commotion the act of making a noisy disturbance
    • n commotion confused movement "he was caught up in a whirl of work","a commotion of people fought for the exits"
    • n commotion a disorderly outburst or tumult "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Commotion A popular tumult; public disturbance; riot. "When ye shall hear of wars and commotions ."
    • Commotion Agitation, perturbation, or disorder, of mind; heat; excitement. "He could not debate anything without some commotion ."
    • Commotion Disturbed or violent motion; agitation. "What commotion in the winds !"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n commotion A violent movement or agitation: as. the commotion of the sea.
    • n commotion Hence Tumult of people; political or social disturbance; turbulence; disorder; sedition; insurrection.
    • n commotion Mental agitation; perturbation; disorder of mind; excitement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Commotion a violent motion or moving: excited or tumultuous action, physical or mental: agitation: tumult
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. commotio,: cf. F. commotion,. See Motion
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. com, inten., and movēre, motum, to move.


In literature:

This declaration, in itself an indirect proof of guilt, occasioned some commotion in the House.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
He had not anticipated those civil commotions which he now saw, sooner or later, were inevitable.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
I shall only have to say, 'Maurice is coming,' and what a commotion there will be!
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
He had not been out of their thoughts, in spite of the dreadful commotion.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
All was commotion; every one flew to pack up.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
He could faintly hear the commotion on the steamer and see the lights from her portholes when she rode a high wave.
"A Voyage with Captain Dynamite" by Charles Edward Rich
Indeed not, and there's the greatest commotion raised if she speaks of such a thing.
"Six Girls" by Fannie Belle Irving
In the commotion of these arrivals Philip reached the door unobserved.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The three who heard her caught the commotion of her alarm and waited breathless.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
A terrible commotion was produced by the deacon Stephen.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various

In poetry:

Where are the merry faces;
The hearts that once were dear?
Listen! There is a quiet,
Steady below the commotion,
Is the song we did not hear.
"The Quiet" by William Soutar
Come strong as the wind o’er the ocean,
Or soft as the breathing of morn,
Subduing our spirit’s commotion
And cheering when hearts are forlorn.
"O Comforter, Gentle and Tender" by Albert Benjamin Simpson
Behold yon waves that frantic roll,
Hark to the raving winds of ocean !
'Twas thus that o'er my subject soul
The passions rag'd in dread commotion.
"Glances Back" by Laura Sophia Temple
While parents rest in the grove,
Drinking green tea, reading poems,
House’s alive with commotion:
Children are busy with homework
Wishing the newborn won’t cry.
"Annam" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
On shoreless main, when his path is ta'en,
Howling he calls on that whelming ocean;
The deep sea cleaveth, the billow heaveth,
And wind and flood meet in dire commotion;
"The Wind Unbound." by Samuel Bamford
Since I've embark'd on life's precarious ocean,
Should the waves roar, impell'd by furious gales;
My bark at random, should the dire commotion,
Splinter her masts, and shiver all her sails;
"To Hope" by Thomas Odiorne

In news:

Here's a new cultivar, Commotion Moxie, that has much to offer flower gardeners.
Amid the commotion of the Broadway theater district, this family-run establishment is homey and quiet and offers large portions of good traditional fare at reasonable prices.
Madonna hits Indy and it causes a commotion.
In Steamboat, Colorado last Sunday, three people caused a commotion by riding their horses into local businesses.
McLynne was in his apartment off of Evergreen Way when he heard a commotion.
Petula Clark went "Downtown" and The Jeffersons moved on up, but there's always cause for some commotion when modern cabaret stars boldly cross Manhattan's equator, as they will in this month's Downtown Series at Feinstein's at The Regency.
No, it's not a rule to drink one liter (ein Maas) per hour, but it's not hard to do amidst the singing, dancing, eating and overall party-driven commotion taking place for the 176th Oktoberfest.
Commotion that 'didn't sound right' led to re-examination of Kent State tape.
How Commotion Wireless plans to enable digital communication in the face of an Internet shutdown.
A horse traveled down one of Philadelphia's busiest highways Friday raised a lot of questions and caused a little commotion as it merged into traffic.
Stepped out of his building turned to look at the commotion and saw.
So scary they don't even need to be real to cause a commotion.
In all the commotion to counter cyber attacks, however, some threats are being overlooked .
He was manning his table at St Marys High School when suddenly he heard a commotion coming from the special needs room just down the hall.
"It obviously caused a large commotion," he said.