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Definitions of disturbance

  1. a noisy fight
  2. a disorderly outburst or tumult; " they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"
  3. an unhappy and worried mental state; " there was too much anger and disturbance"; " she didn't realize the upset she caused me"
  4. the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
  5. activity that is an intrusion or interruption; " he looked around for the source of the disturbance"; " there was a disturbance of neural function"
  6. ( psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
  7. 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.
  8. Confusion of the mind; agitation of the feelings; perplexity; uneasiness.
  9. Violent agitation in the body politic; public commotion; tumult.
  10. 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.
  11. Disturber.
  12. The interruption of a settled state; uproar; confusion; mental agitation.
  13. Agitation: tumult: interruption: perplexity.
  14. Agitation; tumult; interruption.
  15. The act of disturbing; a public tumult; mental confusion.
  16. Any disquiet or interruption of peace; interruption of a settled state of things; tumult; emotion or agitation of the mind; disorder of thoughts; confusion; the hindering or disquieting of a person in the lawful and peaceable enjoyment of his right; the interruption of a right.

Usage examples for disturbance

  1. But Mr. Moone's design and mine, which was to look over my closett and please him with the sight thereof, which he hath long desired, was wholly disappointed; for we were in great trouble and disturbance at this fire, not knowing what to think of it. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  2. I could hear their tap- roots part with pistol- like reports; see great pines and hemlocks and oaks moving, slanting, settling, tilting crazily in every direction as they were heaved upward in this gigantic disturbance. – Police!!! by Robert W. Chambers
  3. After the disturbance- he was careful not to call it an expose- this woman had led him to the carriage, and they had hastened away. – The Crime of the French Café and Other Stories by Nicholas Carter
  4. At the beginning, when the real nature of the trouble is not recognized, there is a year or two of considerable general discomfort, though not much local disturbance. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  5. And in these letters it was told how that the King was extremely vexed with what was happening in the Low Countries, and that when the hour was come he had determined to punish the fomenters of disturbance. – The Legend of the Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel in the land of Flanders and elsewhere by Charles de Coster
  6. The silence gets so on my nerves that I drop hairbrushes and things to make a little disturbance, and it gives her something to do to pick them up. – Olivia in India by O. Douglas
  7. But he did not wish to have always to encounter open disturbance. – A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6) by Leopold von Ranke
  8. They gave up the horse- play, and not only stopped the disturbance, but joined one of the singing- classes. – Mark Twain, A Biography, Vol. 1, Part 1, 1835-1866 The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine
  9. How was it that she could see that disturbance in him, and not care? – Beyond by John Galsworthy
  10. There was nae disturbance o' that, or ony ither sort. – Donal Grant by George MacDonald
  11. " No disturbance in the street," says the constable; " so, march," and he gives me a shove on. – Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  12. He could never speak to this girl without some mental disturbance. – Duffels by Edward Eggleston
  13. There would have been no disturbance but for you. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  14. There are currents and cross currents; sometimes they git all tangled up, then I'll just quit flappin' my wings, sink below the disturbance, and fly about below until I git out of them. – Watch Yourself Go By by Al. G. Field
  15. I must do Kitty the justice to say that she did not utter a word of complaint at the disturbance of her labours; and that she drew the old man's chair close up to the oven with her own hand. – The Children's Book of Christmas Stories by Various
  16. When this disturbance was over, he made her talk about herself. – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  17. And yet, was not Cato's idea far greater than the disturbance, or death, that ensued? – Wisdom and Destiny by Maurice Maeterlinck
  18. I had started when he spoke of the Life Guards, and sat now in a state of great disturbance. – Simon Dale by Anthony Hope
  19. In fact, in case of a disturbance, nearly every man here would be against you. – The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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