from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To break up or destroy the tranquillity or settled state of: "Subterranean fires and deep unrest disturb the whole area” ( Rachel Carson).
- transitive v. To trouble emotionally or mentally; upset.
- transitive v. To interfere with; interrupt: noise that disturbed my sleep.
- transitive v. To intrude on; inconvenience: Constant calls disturbed her work.
- transitive v. To put out of order; disarrange.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to confuse a quiet, constant state or a calm, continuous flow, in particular: thoughts, actions or liquids.
- v. to divert, redirect, or alter by disturbing.
- v. to have a negative emotional impact; to cause emotional distress or confusion.
- n. disturbance
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To throw into disorder or confusion; to derange; to interrupt the settled state of; to excite from a state of rest.
- transitive v. To agitate the mind of; to deprive of tranquillity; to disquiet; to render uneasy.
- transitive v. To turn from a regular or designed course.
- n. Disturbance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stir; trouble; agitate; molest; move from a state of rest or tranquillity: as, to disturb a sleeper; to disturb the sediment.
- To move or agitate; discompose; disquiet; throw into perplexity or confusion.
- To interfere with; interrupt; hinder; incommode; derange.
- To turn aside; cause to deviate; throw out of course or order.
- Synonyms To disorder, unsettle, molest
- To perplex, trouble, annoy, vex, worry, plague.
- To impede, interrupt.
- n. Disturbance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. damage as if by shaking or jarring
- v. tamper with
- v. destroy the peace or tranquility of
- v. move deeply
- v. change the arrangement or position of
Middle English distourben, from Old French destourber, from Latin disturbāre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin turbāre, to agitate (from turba, confusion, probably from Greek turbē).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin disturbare, intensifying for turbare ("to throw into disorder"). (Wiktionary)