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disturbance

[dih-stur-buh ns] /dɪˈstɜr bəns/
noun
1.
the act of disturbing.
2.
the state of being disturbed.
3.
an instance of this; commotion.
4.
something that disturbs.
5.
an outbreak of disorder; a breach of public peace:
Political disturbances shook the city.
6.
Meteorology. any cyclonic storm or low-pressure area, usually a small one.
7.
Geology. a crustal movement of moderate intensity, somewhat restricted in area.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English disto(u)rbance < Anglo-French, Old French. See disturb, -ance
Related forms
nondisturbance, noun
predisturbance, noun
Synonyms
2. perturbation, confusion. See agitation. 5. confusion, tumult, riot. See disorder.
Antonyms
3. order.
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British Dictionary definitions for predisturbance

disturbance

/dɪˈstɜːbəns/
noun
1.
the act of disturbing or the state of being disturbed
2.
an interruption or intrusion
3.
an unruly outburst or tumult
4.
(law) an interference with another's rights
5.
(geology)
  1. a minor movement of the earth causing a small earthquake
  2. a minor mountain-building event
6.
(meteorol) a small depression
7.
(psychiatry) a mental or emotional disorder
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Word Origin and History for predisturbance

disturbance

n.

late 13c., "mental distress," from Old French destorbance (12c., Old North French distorbance), from destourber, from Latin disturbare (see disturb). Meaning "public disturbance" is c.1300; that of "destruction of peace or unity" is late 14c.

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