dis-, di-, dif-
(Latin: separation, apart, asunder; removal, away, from; negation, deprivation, undoing, reversal, utterly, completely; in different directions)
The meaning of dis- varies with different words; dif-, assimilated form of dis- before f; di-, form of dis- before b, d, g, l, m, n, r, and v.
2. To give severe pain or oppressing with affliction.
3. The seizing of someone's movable property either in lieu of payment of a debt or in order to force the person to pay.
4. To make someone extremely upset, anxious, or alarmed.
2. A reference to an acute physical discomfort.
3. Characterized by a condition of being in need of immediate assistance.
To distribute money is to allot it in different directions.
2. Growth of two hairs in a single follicle.
2. A portion of territory specially set off or defined; such as, for judicial, political, educational, or other purposes.
3. One of the territorial areas into which an entire state or country, county, municipality, or other political subdivision is divided; for judicial, political, electoral, or administrative purposes.
Properly, a limited extent of a country; a circuit within which power, right, or authority may be exercised, and to which it is restrained.
A word applicable to any portion of land or country, or to any part of a city or town, which is defined by law or agreement. A governor, a prefect, or a judge may have his district.
Some of the states are divided into districts for the choice of senators, representatives, or electors. Cities and towns are divided into districts for various purposes; such as, for schools, revenue collections, etc.
2. The splitting of hairs at their distal ends.
2. To interfere with; to interrupt; to hinder: Wendy didn't want anyone to disturb her while she was working on her book.
3. To interfere with the arrangement, order, or harmony of; to disarrange: The new cleaning lady disturbed Mrs. Lawson's organization of the dishes in the kitchen cupboard.
4. To perplex; to trouble: to be disquieted by strange behavior: The thriller on TV disturbed Jenny so much that she couldn't get to sleep that night.
5. To cause a disturbance to someone's sleep, rest, etc.: Tom saw the sign on the door: "Do not disturb".
2. The state of disorder; a commotion: The was such a disturbance, racket, and, loud uproar outside that night that the older couple couldn't relax and sleep at all!
3. Something that interferes with something else: The loud disturbance outside the room made it very difficult to understand the speaker.
4. An outbreak of disorder; a breach of public peace: During the disturbance in the street, the crowd of people behaved violently and two were hurt seriously.
5. In meteorology, any cyclonic storm or low-pressure area, usually a small one: The strong wind disturbances finally passed and when the forest rangers saw the damaged trees, they started to clear up the forest.
6. In geology, a crustal movement of moderate intensity, somewhat restricted in area: The earthquake caused quite a disturbance , with deep faults and folds of the earth surface.
Noncultural activities, such as freeze-thaw cycles, landslides, and simple erosion, are also such disturbances of the earth.
7. An electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication: One disturbance can be the undesired echoes that interrupted the signals on a radar screen.
8. In archeology, the changing or altering of an archeological context by the effect(s) of an unrelated activity at a later time: Examples of such disturbances include dam building, farming, and heavy construction.
A disturbance is also the nonscientific removal of an artefact from its archaeological context.