Disruption is the (usually deliberate or intended) interruption of normal work or practice.
- In Scotland, the Disruption of 1843 refers to the divergence from the Church of Scotland of the Free Church of Scotland
- Disruption is a method of execution pulling at all four limbs simultaneously with animals or machines so that the body of the execution victim is pulled apart - see Dismemberment
- Information security specialists also may refer to a disaster as a disruption when an event interrupts normal business or technical processes.
- Disruption (of adoption) is also the term for the cancellation of an adoption of a child before it is legally completed. In common usage, though, it refers also to the legal procedure for ending an adoption already completed, which is technically known as dissolution.
- Disruption is a method of disabling an explosive device by shooting it with water at high velocity.
- See also Disruption (of schema) in evolutionary computing
- Law of disruption, proposed by Downes and Mui in their "Unleashing the killer app" book.
- Disruptive innovation is Clayton Christensen's theory of industry disruption by new technology or products.
- Cell disruption is a method or process in cell biology for releasing biological molecules from inside a cell.
- Disruptions in embryology are the result of an extrinsic disturbance in morphogenesis.
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