disturbance disturbance  /dɪs ˈtɜr bəns/


  1. (n) activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption
  2. (n) an unhappy and worried mental state
  3. (n) a disorderly outburst or tumult
  4. (n) a noisy fight
  5. (n) the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
  6. (n) (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
  7. (n) electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication


  1. A little checking determined that it was not illegal to be drunk when casting a ballot, but election laws do prohibit liquor at voting sites and creating a disturbance.
  2. Over the past few years, an enormous shift has taken place in American culture, a disturbance in the Force, a rip in the fabric of space-time.
  3. Royalists, always on the qui vive for a disturbance, attacked it for reasons of their own.


  1. Boise Motel Disturbance Ends in Arrest of Alleged Pimp

    An overnight disturbance at a Boise motel has landed a California man behind bars, facing charges of alleged pimping. Boise Police said they responded to a report of a disturbance at a motel on the 1000 block of North Curtis Road Thursday night.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Boise Weekly

  2. Motel disturbance leads to prostitution charges for California man

    Approximately at 7:00 P.M., Boise Police responded to a disturbance at a motel on North Curtis Road. Upon arriving, police made contact with a man who was arguing with a female.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: KIVI Boise

  3. Disturbance Near Lift Bridge, 4 Juveniles Arrested

    Duluth Police responded to what they are classifying as a "disturbance" near the Aerial Lift Bridge Thursday.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: WDIO Duluth


  1. The Scotland Yard team will provide forensic and technical expertise but will not be allowed to go on a "wild goose chase and create a political disturbance," Musharraf told a news conference late Thursday.
    on Jan 4, 2008 By: Pervez Musharraf Source: Forbes

  2. "Dwain is being very irresponsible to the other Team GB members in his approach," said Jackson, who also won two world titles and four European gold medals. "Why would you want to create a disturbance for others in your team? Every athlete...
    on Jul 3, 2008 By: Colin Jackson Source: Sportinglife.com

  3. "This is a critical stage," Haniyeh said in a statement. "The aggression will not achieve its goal, but will lead to more disturbance and will have serious consequences."
    on May 26, 2007 By: Ismail Haniyeh Source: Jerusalem Post

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