disturbance


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disturbance

1. Law an interference with another's rights
2. Geology
a. a minor movement of the earth causing a small earthquake
b. a minor mountain-building event
3. Meteorol a small depression
4. Psychiatry a mental or emotional disorder

disturbance

[də′stər·bəns]
(communications)
An undesired interference or noise signal affecting radio, television, or facsimile reception.
(control systems)
An undesired command signal in a control system.
(geology)
Folding or faulting of rock or a stratum from its original position.
(meteorology)
Any low or cyclone, but usually one that is relatively small in size and effect.
An area where weather, wind, pressure, and so on show signs of the development of cyclonic circulation.
Any deviation in flow or pressure that is associated with a disturbed state of the weather, such as cloudiness and precipitation.
Any individual circulatory system within the primary circulation of the atmosphere.
References in classic literature ?
These latter circumstances were observed in the Bay of Valparaiso during the earthquake of 1822; they may, I think, be accounted for, by the disturbance of the mud at the bottom of the sea containing organic matter in decay.
So now the apparently causeless movement of the herbage and the slow, undeviating approach of the line of disturbance were distinctly disquieting.
With still greater reason, accordingly, when the prisoner has gone mad, and might bite and make a terrible disturbance in the Bastile; why, in such a case, it is not simply an act of mere charity to wish him dead; it would be almost a good and even commendable action, quietly to have him put out of his misery.
When returning from the races Anna had informed him of her relations with Vronsky, and immediately afterwards had burst into tears, hiding her face in her hands, Alexey Alexandrovitch, for all the fury aroused in him against her, was aware at the same time of a rush of that emotional disturbance always produced in him by tears.
There was no sign anywhere that there had been any disturbance or displacement of anything during the night.
Margaret had expected the disturbance, and was not irritated by it.
A human body, like a mass of dynamite, contains a store of energy in unstable equilibrium, ready to be directed in this direction or that by a disturbance which is physically very small, such as a spoken word.
During the scene of tumult, Andrea had turned his smiling face towards the assembly; then, leaning with one hand on the oaken rail of the dock, in the most graceful attitude possible, he said: "Gentlemen, I assure you I had no idea of insulting the court, or of making a useless disturbance in the presence of this honorable assembly.
Come, come," said D'Artagnan to himself, not having lost one of the details we have related, "this is a very fair gathering -- circumspect, calm, accustomed to disturbance, acquainted with blows
Quasimodo who did not hear, saw the naked swords, the torches, the irons of the pikes, all that cavalry, at the head of which he recognized Captain Phoebus; he beheld the confusion of the outcasts, the terror of some, the disturbance among the bravest of them, and from this unexpected succor he recovered so much strength, that he hurled from the church the first assailants who were already climbing into the gallery.
The result had been perpetual disturbance of mind provoked by self-torturing speculations on the subject of the murder.
At this moment an extraordinary disturbance was heard in the shop, as of a heavy animal stamping about and making angry noises, and then of a glass vessel falling in shivers, while the voice of the apprentice was heard calling "Master" in great alarm.