from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To throw into confusion or disorder: Protesters disrupted the candidate's speech.
- transitive v. To interrupt or impede the progress, movement, or procedure of: Our efforts in the garden were disrupted by an early frost.
- transitive v. To break or burst; rupture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To throw into confusion or disorder.
- v. To interrupt or impede.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Rent off; torn asunder; severed; disrupted.
- transitive v. To break asunder; to rend.
- transitive v. to destroy the continuity of, usually temporarily.
- transitive v. To interfere with or halt, especially by causing a lack of order.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To break or burst asunder; separate forcibly.
- Torn from or asunder; severed by rending or breaking.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a break in
- v. throw into disorder
- v. interfere in someone else's activity
Latin disrumpere, disrupt-, to break apart : dis-, dis- + rumpere, to break apart; see reup- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin disruptus, from disrumpere, commonly dirumpere ("to break or burst asunder"), from dis-, di- ("apart, asunder") + rumpere ("to break"). (Wiktionary)