• House in disorder
    House in disorder
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v disorder bring disorder to
    • v disorder disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed "She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill"
    • n disorder a disturbance of the peace or of public order
    • n disorder a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning "the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder","everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time"
    • n disorder a condition in which things are not in their expected places "the files are in complete disorder"
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A Fantasy of Disordered Imagination A Fantasy of Disordered Imagination

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In America, the most common mental illness is Anxiety Disorders
    • Disorder Breach of public order; disturbance of the peace of society; tumult.
    • Disorder Disturbance of the functions of the animal economy or of the soul; sickness; derangement. "Disorder in the body."
    • Disorder Neglect of order or system; irregularity. "From vulgar bounds with brave disorder part,
      And snatch a grace beyond the reach of art."
    • Disorder To depose from holy orders.
    • Disorder To disturb or interrupt the regular and natural functions of (either body or mind); to produce sickness or indisposition in; to discompose; to derange; as, to disorder the head or stomach. "A man whose judgment was so much disordered by party spirit."
    • Disorder To disturb the order of; to derange or disarrange; to throw into confusion; to confuse. "Disordering the whole frame or jurisprudence.""The burden . . . disordered the aids and auxiliary rafters into a common ruin."
    • Disorder Want of order or regular disposition; lack of arrangement; confusion; disarray; as, the troops were thrown into disorder; the papers are in disorder.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In NYC, "it is disorderly conduct for one man to greet another on the street by placing the end of his thumb against the tip of his nose and wiggling the extended fingers of that hand."
    • n disorder Lack of order or regular arrangement; irregularity; indiscriminate distribution; confusion: as, the troops were thrown into disorder; the papers are in disorder.
    • n disorder Tumult; disturbance of the peace of society; breach of public order or law.
    • n disorder Neglect of rule; disregard of conventionality.
    • n disorder Morbid irregularity, disturbance, or interruption of the functions of the animal economy or of the mind; physical or mental derangement; properly, a diseased state of either mind or body that does not wholly disable the faculties; but it is often applied more comprehensively.
    • n disorder A specific or particular case of disorder; a disease; a derangement, mental or physical: as, gout is a painful disorder.
    • n disorder Mental perturbation; temporary excitement or discomposure; agitation.
    • n disorder Synonyms Disarrangement, disorganization, disarray, jumble.
    • n disorder Commotion, turbulence, riotousness.
    • n disorder Illness, ailment, complaint, malady.
    • disorder To destroy or derange the order of; derange; disturb the regular disposition or arrangement of; throw into confusion; disarrange; confuse.
    • disorder To derange the physical or mental health of; bring into a morbid condition of body or mind; indispose.
    • disorder To produce mental disturbance in; unsettle the mind of; perturb; agitate.
    • disorder To derange the natural or regular functions of; throw out of order or balance; unsettle the normal condition of: as, to disorder one's liver; his mind is disordered.
    • disorder To depose from holy orders.
    • n disorder In logic, disagreement with every conceivable general rule whatever. It is impossible for a finite collection of objects to be in disorder in this sense, nor is it possible for a continuum to be in disorder. Whether or not it is possible for an infinite discrete collection to be in disorder is a question that has not been solved.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 19th century, craftsmen who made hats were known to be excitable and irrational, as well as to tremble with palsy and mix up their words. Such behavior gave rise to the familiar expression "mad as a hatter". The disorder, called hatter's shakes, was caused by chronic mercury poisoning from the solution used to treat the felt. Attacking the central nervous system, the toxin led to behavioral symptoms.
    • n Disorder dis-or′dėr want of order: confusion: disturbance: breach of the peace: disease
    • v.t Disorder to throw out of order: to disarrange: to disturb: to produce disease
    • adv Disorder confusedly: in a lawless manner
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  • Jean Cocteau
    “A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous system.”
  • Ben Weininger
    Ben Weininger
    “We must have the courage to allow a little disorder in our lives.”
  • Plato
    “Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “The doctor found, when she was dead, her last disorder mortal.”
  • Denis Diderot
    “Gaiety --a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.”
  • Jeremy Collier
    Jeremy Collier
    “Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. dis-, + order,: cf. F. désordre,


In literature:

Is it only my own disordered mind that whispers to me I am superior to him?
"Corinne, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Mme de Stael
In both armies there were plenty of quiet, law-abiding men as well as many who were unprincipled and disorderly.
"Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II" by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
To us it all seems like an unmeaning panorama of chaos and disorder.
"A Short History of Russia" by Mary Platt Parmele
The first task after the conclusion of peace in 1763 was the adjustment of the disordered finances of the kingdom.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
The whole city seemed now to be alive with hoarse noises, which spoke of the force of disorder unloosed.
"Indiscreet Letters From Peking"
Nevertheless there are times when he is obliged to tolerate vice and disorders.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
She needed time to collect her stunned and disordered thoughts.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
The universe is always in order; there can be no disorder for it.
"Superstition In All Ages (1732)" by Jean Meslier
In the years between 480 and 490 there was less disorder in the south, at all events in internal affairs.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
The very excess of disorder would punish disorder itself.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine

In poetry:

But behind the old fence on the roadside,
See, the public gardens are flooded.
Like wild beasts in a den, the rainclouds
Sprawl about in shaggy disorder.
"In Memory of Marina Tsvetaeva" by Boris Pasternak
Then to these drugs, O Lord! thy blessing give,
Which I this moment am about to take,
That my disorder'd frame they may relieve,
And ev'ry pain dispel, and ev'ry ache.
"A Prayer For A Sick Person Before He Takes Physic" by Rees Prichard
His hair hung disorder'd, his garments were loose,
His wrists were encircled by chain;
Yet all these oppressions could never induce
Young Edmund's firm soul to complain.
"Edmund And Anna" by Charlotte Dacre
To fan thy chaff — to fine thy drossy part —
To draw thy dregs — thy morals to amend —
To tame thy flesh — and to improve thy heart —
It was, that God did thy disorder send.
"A Letter From Sir Lewis Mansel Of Margam, In Glamorganshire, As 'Tis Suppos'd, To The Vicar Prichard" by Rees Prichard
To sleep without Thee is to die;
Yea, 'tis a death partakes of hell:
For where Thou dost not close the eye,
It never opens, I can tell.
In such a dark Egyptian border,
The shades of death dwell, and disorder.
"Cock-Crowing" by Henry Vaughan
He shouts, he wields a knotted oak — It falls and sounds the battle note
Fierce on their ranks. Redoubling stroke
On stroke, his ample weapon smote
Disorder'd ruin and dread discord,
Full on the grim, advancing horde.
"Crispus Attacks" by George Hannibal Temple

In news:

Bitter behavior is so common and deeply destructive that some psychiatrists are urging it be identified as a mental illness under the name post-traumatic embitterment disorder.
Black attorney Gemini Jones juggles career and bipolar disorder.
California's stem cell agency has awarded two private biotech companies, ViaCyte Inc and Bluebird Bio, nearly $20 million toward the development of treatments for diabetes and for a sometimes fatal genetic blood disorder .
Today's 6 anchor Tamara Jolee battles cancer, same blood disorder as Robin Roberts.
'Good Morning America' anchor Robin Roberts diagnosed with rare blood disorder , vows to beat it.
"Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts announced Monday that she is battling a rare blood disorder , just five years after beating breast cancer.
'Good Morning America's' Robin Roberts battling blood disorder .
Robin Roberts' rare blood disorder : What is myelodysplastic syndrome.
'Good Morning America' co-host Robin Roberts has blood disorder .
Robin Roberts, who survived breast cancer, now says she has a severe blood disorder caused by chemotherapy.
ISU assistant coach conquers blood disorder again.
Diagnosis of rare brain disorder may take months.
Viewers of Katie Couric's talk show were doubtless surprised when, during the discussion of eating disorders, Couric disclosed that she'd had her own struggles with that cruel, sometimes deadly condition.
On an episode of 'Katie' about eating disorders, Couric discloses her own battle with bulimia .
Musician silenced by hand disorder recalls career spanning decades.

In science:

Hence, the macroscopic wave function of BEC is not sensitive to disorder in and between pores but instead depend on the disorder averaged over the coherence length.
Bose-Einstein condensation and superfluidity of dilute Bose gas in a random potential
The source of disorder comes from the random arrangement of the quantum dots (configurational disorder) as well as spatial inhomogeneities of their shape (morphological disorder).
Transport in random quantum dot superlattices
But, in addition, there exists another source of disorder due to spatial inhomogeneities that make the shape to be slightly different (morphological disorder).
Transport in random quantum dot superlattices
As an example, Fig. 3 shows the conductance for configurational (Wy = 2.0 nm and Wz = 1.2 nm) and morphological (Wζ = 0.8 nm) disorder, obtained by averaging over 100 realizations of the disorder.
Transport in random quantum dot superlattices
The observed peak-to-valley ratios become worse as soon as disorder is included in the calculation, especially in the case of configurational disorder.
Transport in random quantum dot superlattices