• WordNet 3.6
    • n disturbance the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
    • n disturbance a noisy fight
    • n disturbance activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption "the term `distress' connotes some degree of perturbation and emotional upset","he looked around for the source of the disturbance","there was a disturbance of neural function"
    • n disturbance electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
    • n disturbance a disorderly outburst or tumult "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"
    • n disturbance (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
    • n disturbance an unhappy and worried mental state "there was too much anger and disturbance","she didn't realize the upset she caused me"
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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.
    • Disturbance An interruption of a state of peace or quiet; derangement of the regular course of things; disquiet; disorder; as, a disturbance of religious exercises; a disturbance of the galvanic current.
    • Disturbance Confusion of the mind; agitation of the feelings; perplexity; uneasiness. "Any man . . . in a state of disturbance and irritation."
    • Disturbance (Law) The hindering or disquieting of a person in the lawful and peaceable enjoyment of his right; the interruption of a right; as, the disturbance of a franchise, of common, of ways, and the like.
    • Disturbance Violent agitation in the body politic; public commotion; tumult. "The disturbance was made to support a general accusation against the province."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disturbance Interruption of arrangement or order; violent change; derangement: as, a disturbance of the electric current.
    • n disturbance An interruption of thought or conversation; as, to read without disturbance.
    • n disturbance A violent interruption of the peace; a violent stir or excitement tending to or manifested in a breach of the peace; a tumult; an uproar; in a more extended sense, public disorder; agitation in the body politic.
    • n disturbance Emotion or disorder of the mind; agitation; perturbation; confusion: as, the merchant received the news of his losses without apparent disturbance.
    • n disturbance In law, the wrongful obstruction of the owner of an incorporeal hereditament in its exercise or enjoyment: as, the disturbance of a franchise, of common, of ways, or of tenure.
    • n disturbance In astronomy, same as perturbation; the deviation of a body from the elliptical orbit it would otherwise pursue, caused by the attraction of bodies other than the primary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Disturbance agitation: tumult: interruption: perplexity
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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.”
  • 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.”
  • Epictetus
    “Men are disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.”
  • Louis Malle
    Louis Malle
    “I think predictability has become the rule and I'm completely the opposite -- I like spectators to be disturbed.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Every big problem was at one time a wee disturbance.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. destorbance,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. distourber—L. disturbāre, dis, asunder, turbāre, to agitate—turba, a crowd.


In literature:

Disturbed by noise (86).
"The Mind of the Child, Part II" by W. Preyer
Being seldom disturbed, they permitted a near approach.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
The wagons that were to bring the merchandise must now, Anton reckoned, be just in the heart of the disturbed district.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
No distant recollections disturbed him now, no memory of the past, no fear of the future.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
Once the happy conversation has commenced, the wind may blow, the tempest roar, without disturbing the friendly group.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
The bears were not disturbed again, and remained there so quietly that we nearly forgot them.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
The herd was disturbed.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Texas" by Frank Gee Patchin
He trusted me not to disturb the real man, just as I trusted him not to disturb the real me.
"The Triflers" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Tess was striving to listen to Deforrest Young, but her disturbed mind was where Frederick stood with Madelene Waldstricker.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
It was at this time that Russia was disturbed by two civil wars.
"The Story of Russia" by R. Van Bergen

In poetry:

No Stock Exchange disturbed the lad
With overwhelming shocks -
BILL ploughed with all the shares he had,
JANE planted all her stocks.
"The Cunning Woman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
No strife disturbs his sister's breast;
She wars not with the mystery
Of time and distance, night and day;
The bonds of our humanity.
"The Mother's Return" by William Wordsworth
They need not, for I know it well,
Methinks I see her even now;
No sigh disturbs her bosom's swell,
No shade o'ercasts her angel brow.
"Lines inscribed on the wall of a dungeon in the southern p of i" by Anne Bronte
O wanderer, stay where life is sweet,
And jubilant earth is glad of May,
Disturb not with incautious feet
The mystery of an elder day.
"The Sphinx" by George Sylvester Viereck
A tree beside the wall stands bare,
But a leaf that lingered brown,
Disturbed, I doubt not, by my thought,
Comes softly rattling down.
"A Late Walk" by Robert Frost
I charge you, all ye earthly toys,
Approach not to disturb my joys;
Nor sin nor hell come near my heart,
Nor cause my Savior to depart.
"Hymn 71" by Isaac Watts

In news:

We were, however, disturbed that a paragraph was omitted.
A criminal complaint filed in Green Lake County, sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance May 25 and followed Melissa Wachholz into the driveway of Wachholz Funeral Home in Markesan.
A disturbing story that happened last November in Cleveland, Texas.
I haven't heard much about Shane Thompson, the Republican candidate for state Senate, but what I heard recently disturbs me.
Rated PG-13 (disturbing images, brief violence).
Gipson finds Cuomo's Saland endorsement "incredibly disturbing".
David Livingston / Kevin Winter, Getty ImagesIf you felt a disturbance in the force today, don't worry.
If you felt a disturbance in the force today, don't worry.
When I finally read it, in what turned out to be a monumentally bad audio version, I found The Giver disturbing.
Although, it was the kind of disturbing that sticks with you, as powerful books do.
One of the few not-disturbing images in Randall Terry's Super Bowl ad Terry for President.
An abnormal cycle, rather than a disturbing trend, DiZinno says of yellow endings (LAT photo).
For manufacturing facilities, power disturbances or outages that halt production translate into billions of dollars of lost revenue every year.
Serial infanticides are the most disturbing.
The chief engineer on the Deepwater Horizon tells a government panel that warning systems on the drilling rig were inhibited because the crew did not want to be disturbed in the middle of the night.

In science:

We should remember however that we cannot get away from the disturbing effects of proper motions or parallaxes by using any intelligent device or by putting telescopes into space.
A simple method of correcting magnitudes for the errors introduced by atmospheric refraction
Gravitational disturbance by planets forming within the disk is, of course, critical in the later stages of disk evolution.
Early Disk Evolution
Third, the characteristic density profile of a virialized halo of collisionless matter has to be stable under a sequence of disturbances from ma jor mergers.
Early Formation and Late Merging of the Giant Galaxies
The amount of mass added or rearranged by recent star formation is generally thought to be only ∼ 10–20%, however, and so is not likely to greatly disturb the attractor solution.
Early Formation and Late Merging of the Giant Galaxies
Due to the extreme weakness of the GW signals, the main requirement for these detectors is the isolation of the optical components – used as freefalling test masses – from any kind of external disturbance.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers