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Other Disturbance Definition

[n] the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
[n] a noisy fight
[n] activity that is an intrusion or interruption; "he looked around for the source of the disturbance"; "there was a disturbance of neural function"
[n] electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
[n] a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"
[n] (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
[n] an unhappy and worried mental state; "there was too much anger and disturbance"; "she didn't realize the upset she caused me"

Misc. Definitions

\Dis*turb"ance\, n. [OF. destorbance.]
1. 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.
2. Confusion of the mind; agitation of the feelings; perplexity; uneasiness. Any man . . . in a state of disturbance and irritation. --Burke.
3. Violent agitation in the body politic; public commotion; tumult. The disturbance was made to support a general accusation against the province. --Bancroft.
4. (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. --Blackstone. Syn: Tumult; brawl; commotion; turmoil; uproar; hubbub; disorder; derangement; confusion; agitation; perturbation; annoyance.

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