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(1)   The act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
(2)   A noisy fight
(3)   Activity that is an intrusion or interruption
"He looked around for the source of the disturbance"
"There was a disturbance of neural function"
(4)   Electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
(5)   A disorderly outburst or tumult
"They were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"
(6)   (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
(7)   An unhappy and worried mental state
"There was too much anger and disturbance"
"She didn't realize the upset she caused me"


  1. The act of disturbing, being disturbed
  2. Something that disturbs
    That guy causes a lot of trouble, you know, he's such a disturbance.
  3. An interruption of that which is normal or regular.
  4. A serious mental imbalance or illness.