Meaning of “disturbance” in the English Dictionary


"disturbance" in English

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disturbancenoun [ C or U ]

uk /dɪˈstɜː.bəns/ us /dɪˈstɝː.bəns/

C1 something that interrupts someone or makes someone feel worried:

Residents are tired of the disturbance caused by the nightclub.
Phone calls are the biggest disturbance at work.

C2 violence or trouble:

There was a minor disturbance during the demonstration, but nobody was injured.
cause a disturbance

(Definition of “disturbance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /dɪˈstɜr·bəns/

[ C ] something that interrupts you, esp. something loud or causing trouble:

You must take care of yourself and avoid upsetting disturbances.

earth science [ C ] A disturbance is also something that affects usual wind conditions:

The disturbance became a typhoon in the Philippine Sea and headed due west.

(Definition of “disturbance” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)