1. activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption

- he looked around for the source of the disturbance

- there was a disturbance of neural function

Similar word(s): perturbation

Definition categories: event, activity

2. an unhappy and worried mental state

- there was too much anger and disturbance

Similar word(s): perturbation, upset

Definition categories: state, agitation

3. a disorderly outburst or tumult

- they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused

Similar word(s): commotion, disruption, flutter, kerfuffle

Definition categories: state, disorder

4. a noisy fight

Similar word(s): affray, fray, ruffle

Definition categories: act, combat, fight, fighting, scrap

5. the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion

Definition categories: act, motility, motion, move, movement

6. (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness

Definition categories: state, disorder, upset

7. electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication

Similar word(s): interference, noise

Definition categories: event, trouble

Sentences with disturbance as a noun:

- That guy causes a lot of trouble, you know, he's such a disturbance.