Disturbing
Disturb Dis*turb", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disturbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disturbing}.] [OE. desturben, destourben, OF. destorber, desturber, destourber, fr. L. disturbare, disturbatum; dis- + turbare to disturb, trouble, turba disorder, tumult, crowd. See {Turbid}.] 1. To throw into disorder or confusion; to derange; to interrupt the settled state of; to excite from a state of rest. [1913 Webster]

Preparing to disturb With all-cofounding war the realms above. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

The bellow's noise disturbed his quiet rest. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The utmost which the discontented colonies could do, was to disturb authority. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. To agitate the mind of; to deprive of tranquillity; to disquiet; to render uneasy; as, a person is disturbed by receiving an insult, or his mind is disturbed by envy. [1913 Webster]

3. To turn from a regular or designed course. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

And disturb His inmost counsels from their destined aim. --Milton.

Syn: To disorder; disquiet; agitate; discompose; molest; perplex; trouble; incommode; ruffle. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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