disturbance


disturbance
[[t]dɪstɜ͟ː(r)bəns[/t]]
disturbances
1) N-COUNT A disturbance is an incident in which people behave violently in public.

During the disturbance which followed, three Englishmen were hurt.

...the worst of last September's disturbances.

2) N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp Disturbance means upsetting or disorganizing something which was previously in a calm and well-ordered state.

The home would cause less disturbance to local residents than a school...

The animals are very sensitive to disturbance and have never bred in captivity.

3) N-VAR: with supp You can use disturbance to refer to a medical or psychological problem, when someone's body or mind is not working in the normal way.

Poor educational performance is related to emotional disturbance.

...the treatment of certain heart rhythm disturbances.


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