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4 definitions found
 for disturbance
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Disturbance \Dis*turb"ance\, n. [OF. destorbance.]
     1. An interruption of a state of peace or quiet; derangement
        of the regular course of things; disquiet; disorder; as, a
        disturbance of religious exercises; a disturbance of the
        galvanic current.
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     2. Confusion of the mind; agitation of the feelings;
        perplexity; uneasiness.
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              Any man . . . in a state of disturbance and
              irritation.                           --Burke.
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     3. Violent agitation in the body politic; public commotion;
        tumult.
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              The disturbance was made to support a general
              accusation against the province.      --Bancroft.
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     4. (Law) The hindering or disquieting of a person in the
        lawful and peaceable enjoyment of his right; the
        interruption of a right; as, the disturbance of a
        franchise, of common, of ways, and the like. --Blackstone.
  
     Syn: Tumult; brawl; commotion; turmoil; uproar; hubbub;
          disorder; derangement; confusion; agitation;
          perturbation; annoyance.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  disturbance
      n 1: activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption;
           "the term `distress' connotes some degree of perturbation
           and emotional upset"; "he looked around for the source of
           the disturbance"; "there was a disturbance of neural
           function" [syn: perturbation, disturbance]
      2: an unhappy and worried mental state; "there was too much
         anger and disturbance"; "she didn't realize the upset she
         caused me" [syn: disturbance, perturbation, upset]
      3: a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the
         furious disturbance they had caused" [syn: disturbance,
         disruption, commotion, flutter, hurly burly, to-do,
         hoo-ha, hoo-hah, kerfuffle]
      4: a noisy fight [syn: affray, disturbance, fray,
         ruffle]
      5: the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something
         in motion
      6: (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion;
         a more neutral term than mental illness [syn: mental
         disorder, mental disturbance, disturbance,
         psychological disorder, folie]
      7: electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb
         communication [syn: noise, interference, disturbance]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  245 Moby Thesaurus words for "disturbance":
     abashment, ado, affray, agitation, all-overs, angst, anxiety,
     anxiety hysteria, anxiety neurosis, anxious bench, anxious concern,
     anxious seat, anxiousness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, baffle,
     bafflement, befuddlement, bewilderment, bluster, bobbery, boil,
     boiling, bother, botheration, brawl, broil, brouhaha, bustle,
     cacophony, cankerworm of care, care, chagrin, chaos, churn, cloud,
     commotion, concern, concernment, confoundment, confusion,
     conturbation, convulsion, daze, derangement, dilemma,
     disarrangement, disarray, disarticulation, discombobulation,
     discomfiture, discomposure, disconcert, disconcertedness,
     disconcertion, disconcertment, discountenance, disharmony,
     dishevelment, disintegration, disjunction, dislocation, disorder,
     disorderliness, disorganization, disorientation, disproportion,
     disquiet, disquietude, disruption, distress, donnybrook,
     donnybrook fair, dread, dustup, ebullience, ebullition, eddy,
     effervescence, embarrassment, embroilment, enigma, entropy,
     excitement, fanaticism, fear, feery-fary, ferment, fermentation,
     fever, feverishness, fidgets, fix, flap, flummox, flurry, fluster,
     flutter, flutteration, fog, foment, fomentation, foofaraw,
     foreboding, forebodingness, fracas, fray, free-for-all, frenzy,
     fuddle, fuddlement, fume, furor, furore, fury, fuss, haphazardness,
     hassle, haze, helter-skelter, hubbub, hullabaloo, hurly-burly,
     hurry, hurry-scurry, incoherence, indiscriminateness,
     inharmonious harmony, inquietude, insanity, interference,
     interruption, intrusion, irregularity, jam, jitters, jumble,
     jumpiness, maelstrom, malaise, maze, melee, mess, misarrangement,
     misgiving, mist, moil, mortification, most admired disorder,
     muddle, muddlement, mystery, nerviness, nervosity, nervous strain,
     nervous tension, nervousness, nonplus, nonsymmetry, nonuniformity,
     outburst, overanxiety, pandemonium, passion, pell-mell, perplexity,
     perturbation, pickle, pins and needles, plight, pother,
     predicament, problem, promiscuity, promiscuousness, pucker, puzzle,
     puzzlement, quandary, racket, rage, rampage, randomness,
     restlessness, riddle, riot, roil, rough-and-tumble, roughhouse,
     rout, row, ruckus, ruction, ruffle, rumpus, scramble, scrape,
     seethe, seething, shindy, shuffle, shuffling, solicitude, stew,
     stir, storminess, strain, suspense, sweat, swirl, swirling, swivet,
     tempestuousness, tension, tizzy, to-do, trepidation, trepidity,
     trouble, tumult, tumultuation, tumultuousness, turbidity,
     turbulence, turmoil, twitter, unassuredness, unease, uneasiness,
     unquietness, unrest, unsettlement, unsymmetry, ununiformity,
     upheaval, uproar, upset, vexation, violence, vortex, whirl,
     wildness, yeastiness, zeal, zealousness
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DISTURBANCE, torts. A wrong done to an incorporeal hereditament, by 
  hindering or disquieting the owner in the enjoyment of it. Finch. L. 187; 3 
  Bl. Com. 235; 1 Swift's Dig. 522; Com. Dig. Action upon the case for a 
  disturbance, Pleader, 3 I 6; 1 Serg. & Rawle, 298. 
  
  

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