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Definition of the noun disturbance

What does disturbance mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: disturbances

  1. activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption
    • examples: he looked around for the source of the disturbance | there was a disturbance of neural function
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of disturbance: perturbation
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
    • more specific terms:
  2. an unhappy and worried mental state
    • example: there was too much anger and disturbance
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of disturbance: perturbation / upset
    • more generic word: agitation = a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
  3. a disorderly outburst or tumult
  4. a noisy fight
  5. the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
  6. (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
  7. electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonyms of disturbance: interference / noise
    • more generic word: trouble = an event causing distress or pain
    • more specific terms:
      • clutter = unwanted echoes that interfere with the observation of signals on a radar screen
      • background signal / background = extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured
      • crosstalk / XT = the presence of an unwanted signal via an accidental coupling
      • fadeout = a gradual temporary loss of a transmitted signal due to electrical disturbances
      • jitter = small rapid variations in a waveform resulting from fluctuations in the voltage supply or mechanical vibrations or other sources
      • atmospheric static / atmospherics / static = a crackling or hissing noise caused by electrical interference
      • white noise = a noise produced by a stimulus containing all of the audible frequencies of vibration

Alternative definition of the noun disturbance


  1. The act of disturbing, being disturbed
  2. Something that disturbs
  3. An interruption of that which is normal or regular.
  4. [psychology] A serious mental imbalance or illness.


"Disturbance" a.k.a. "Choker" is a 2005 horror science-fiction film written and directed by Nick Vallelonga.


  1. "Disturbance" is a musical album of Winterkälte.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  2. "Disturbance" is an album by New Zealand drum and bass group Concord Dawn, released in 2001.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  3. "Disturbance" is a musical album of Epsilon Eridani.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  4. "Disturbance" is a musical album of Hour of Penance.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  5. "Disturbance" is a musical single of Savinto.
    • released in (18 years ago)


  1. Disturbance is a musical group.
    • album: "Malice in Slumberland"
  2. Disturbance is a musical group.
    • album: "We Come Out at Night"

There are other groups with in their name, like Public Disturbance and Encephaloid Disturbance.


Disturbance is a record label.


  1. Disturbance: In ecology, a disturbance is a temporary change in "average" environmental conditions that causes a pronounced change in an ecosystem. Disturbances often act quickly and with great effect, sometimes resulting in the removal of large amounts of biomass. Minor ecological disturbances may include fires, flooding, windstorms, insect outbreaks and trampling. Earthquakes, various types of volcanic eruptions, tsunami, firestorms, impact events, climate change, and the devastating effects of human impact on the environment such as clearcutting, forest clearing and the introduction of invasive species can be considered major disturbances. Disturbance forces can have profound immediate effects on ecosystems and can, accordingly, greatly alter the natural community. Because of these and the impacts on populations, these effects can continue for an extended period of time.
  2. Disturbance: A disturbance is a linear zone of disturbed rock strata stretching for many miles across country which comprises a combination of folding and faulting. The British Geological Survey record a number of such features in South Wales including the Neath Disturbance, Pontyclerc Disturbance, Carreg Cennen Disturbance and the Cribarth Disturbance, the latter sometimes also known as the Tawe Valley or Swansea Valley Disturbance. The southwestward continuation of the Carreg Cennen Disturbance is known as the Llandyfaelog Disturbance.

Phrases with Disturbance

Phrases starting with the word Disturbance:

  1. Disturbance Regime
  2. disturbance of the peace

Phrases ending with the word Disturbance:

  1. mental disturbance
  2. seismic disturbance
  3. emotional disturbance
  4. electrical disturbance
  5. tumultuous disturbance

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Disturbance

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Google previewWisconsin Statewide Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Environmental Impact Statement (1999)

Disturbance is an integral part of ecosystem process (Sprugel 1991, Rogers 1996).

Google previewPrimary Succession and Ecosystem Rehabilitation (2003)

by Lawrence R. Walker, Roger del Moral

Disturbance is a regular part of our lives. We are besieged with...

Definitions A disturbance is an event that is relatively discrete in time and space and that alters the structure of populations, communities and ecosystems. It can alter the ...

Google previewResonances in the Earth-Ionosphere Cavity (2002)

by A.P. Nickolaenko, M. Hayakawa

Sudden ionospheric disturbance is an abrupt modification of the lower ionosphere on the dayside of the globe connected with ionizing radiation from the Sun. Such a disturbance is an asymmetric one (like the day-night asymmetry), so that we ...

Google previewThe Human Brain and Its Disorders (2007)

by Doug Richards, Carl E. Clarke, Tom Clark

Memory disturbance is a central feature of dementias, in which there is impaired new learning and a retrograde amnesia with a temporal gradient. • In the amnesic syndrome, which is most commonly associated with vitamin B1 deficiency ...

Google previewAn Occupational Therapist's Guide to Sleep and Sleep Problems (2015)

by Andrew Green, Cary Brown

Sleep disturbance is a clinical feature of nearly all psychiatric conditions and sleep is disrupted by symptoms of many physical conditions, for example by pain or discomfort caused by the condition itself or by its treatment. Sleep disturbance is ...

Google previewTeaching Students with Emotional Disturbance (2014)

A Practical Guide for Every Teacher by Bob Algozzine, Jim Ysseldyke

Emotional disturbance is the most subjective special education category.

gather data over a relatively long time before deciding whether emotional disturbance is an appropriate category for a student experiencing problems inschool. Often ...

Google previewPulmonary Function Tests in Clinical Practice (2009)

by Ali Altalag, Jeremy Road, Pearce Wilcox

Approach to Metabolic Acidosis • In both types of metabolic acidosis, the primary disturbance is a drop in bicarbonate. Because the respiratory system is fast in its compensation, there is a rapid drop in PaCO2, which should always accompany ...

Google previewA Real-Time Approach to Process Control (2013)

by William Y. Svrcek, Donald P. Mahoney, Brent R. Young

An input disturbance is a change in the mass or energy of the supply, or input, to the process that may cause the condition of the process variable to drift from its set point value, SP. A load disturbance is any other upset, except for an input ...

Google previewBiological Diversity (1994)

The Coexistence of Species by Michael A. Huston, Michael Alan Huston

Disturbance is a general term that must be defined rigorously if it is to contribute to understanding rather than to confusion.

Disturbance is any process or condition external to the natural physiology of living organisms that results in the ...

Google previewLearning and Physiological Regulation (1993)

by Barry R. Dworkin

The disturbance is an initiating event that changes the physiological and sensory state; some examples are the consumption of sucrose, alcohol, ...

Google previewSpecies Richness (2010)

Patterns in the Diversity of Life by Jonathan Adams

Too little disturbance means you lose the fast-growing ``r'' species, and too much disturbance means you lose the slower growing ``K'' species. In fact, both this theory and that of Connell could operate in parallel, in the same places. It could be ...

Google previewEcosystems of Disturbed Ground (1999)

by L.R. Walker

A disturbance is a relatively discrete event in time and space that alters the structure of populations, communities, and...

Disturbance is a relative term that requires explicit delineation of the system of concern, including the spatial and temporal ...

Google previewHigh-yield Physiology (2008)

by Ronald W. Dudek

A metabolic acidosis is a disorder whose primary disturbance is a decrease in plasma concentration of HCO3 (LIPlucos ). In a metabolic acidosis, a nonvolatile acid (e.g., lactic acid or ketoacids) is added directly to the acid-basebalance or ...

Google previewPrinciples of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology (2002)

by F. Stuart Chapin, III, Pamela A. Matson, Harold A. Mooney

Disturbance is a major cause of long-term fluctuations in the structure and functioning of ecosystems.

Google previewModern Measurements (2015)

Fundamentals and Applications by Alessandro Ferrero, Dario Petri, Paolo Carbone, Marcantonio Catelani

The terms “electromagnetic disturbance” and “electromagnetic interference” designate respectively the cause and the effect. EM disturbance is any EM phenomenon which may degrade the performance of a device, equipment, or system, ...

Google previewEuropean Control Conference 1991 (1991)

Volume 3

The transfer function estimates ON and HN are random variables if the disturbance is a stochastic process.

The disturbance is the sum of a white noise signal and 3 sinusoids with frequencies 0.14, 0.16 and 0.18 (r/s) respectively; the power ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Forest Sciences (2004)

by Julian Evans, John A. Youngquist

Disturbance. The final factor that must be considered in any consideration of the mechanisms driving forest plant...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Biological Invasions (2011)

by Dr. Daniel Simberloff, Dr. Marcel Rejmanek

Disturbance regimes can also act as a selective force affecting the life history traits of individual species and the composition, structure, and emergent properties of entire groups of organisms. Many ecosystems depend on some sort of ...

Google previewFiber Optics Standard Dictionary (2012)

by Martin Weik

disturbance power mation. Disturbance currents may produce (a) undesired pulses that are transmitted into fiber optic links via fiber optic transmitters, (b) false signals in a telephone receiver, (c) noise in a radio receiver, or (d) distortion in a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Special Education (2007)

A Reference for the Education of Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Disabilities and Other Exceptional Individuals by Cecil R. Reynolds, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen

The Scale for Assessing Emotional Disturbance (SAED; Epstein & Sharma) is an individually administered, 52- item measure of emotional and/or behavioral disturbance in children ages 5 through 18. The four-page response form can be ...

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Small photo of Baby Araneus diadematus spiders attempting to escape from a disturbance. In a few moments they will all congregate again into a tight bunch until they leave forever to build their own webs. More...

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Disturbance Meaning

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Quotes about Disturbance

While I am not a fan of corporal punishment, I am not a fan of his friends Major Nuisance or General Disturbance. (Elaine Richards)
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Scrabble value of D2I1S1T1U1R1B3A1N1C3E1

The value of this 11-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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