turb-, turbin-, turbo-, turbu-
(Latin: uproar, commotion, disorderly, agitated, confusion; whirl, whirlwind)
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.
2. Concerning the state of being shocked or very alarmed; distressed: Jane was very disturbed when she heard of the plane crash and thought her parents might have been on it.
3. Referring to the disarrangement of items in a place: When Susan went into her bedroom, she noticed the disturbed pens and notebooks on her desk because they weren't where she usually put them.
2. Marked by extreme calm and composure: Aurora had an imperturbable reaction to the criticisms presented by her fellow workers about having to work overtime.