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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  • Disruption — Dis*rup tion, n. [L. disruptio, diruptio.] The act or rending asunder, or the state of being rent asunder or broken in pieces; breach; rent; dilaceration; rupture; as, the disruption of rocks in an earthquake; disruption of a state. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disruption — ● disruption nom féminin Synonyme de claquage disruptif. ● disruption (synonymes) nom féminin Synonymes : claquage disruptif disruption [disʀypsjɔ̃] n. f. ÉTYM. 1749, Buffon, in D. D. L.; lat. disruptio, du supin de disrumpere « briser, rompre en …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • disruption — index abandonment (discontinuance), alienation (estrangement), check (bar), debacle, disaccord …   Law dictionary

  • disruption — early 15c., from L. disruptionem (nom. disruptio) a breaking asunder, noun of action from pp. stem of disrumpere break apart, split, shatter, break to pieces, from dis apart (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + rumpere to break (see RUPTURE (Cf. rupture)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • disruption — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ considerable (esp. BrE), great, major, massive, serious, severe, significant ▪ minimal, minimum …   Collocations dictionary

  • disruption — n. 1) complete, total disruption 2) disruption in * * * [dɪs rʌpʃ(ə)n] total disruption complete disruption in …   Combinatory dictionary

  • disruption */ — UK [dɪsˈrʌpʃ(ə)n] / US [dɪsˈrʌpʃən] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms disruption : singular disruption plural disruptions 1) a situation in which something cannot continue because of a problem disruption to: The train strikes caused major… …   English dictionary

  • disruption — disrupt dis‧rupt [dɪsˈrʌpt] verb [transitive] to prevent a situation, event, system etc from working in the normal way: • Traders are worried that war would disrupt ocean shipping. • The union have threatened to disrupt services if their members… …   Financial and business terms

  • disruption — /dis rup sheuhn/, n. 1. forcible separation or division into parts. 2. a disrupted condition: The state was in disruption. [1640 50; < L disruption (s. of disruptio), equiv. to disrupt (see DISRUPT) + ion ION] * * * …   Universalium

  • disruption — dis|rup|tion [ dıs rʌpʃən ] noun count or uncount * 1. ) a situation in which something cannot continue because of a problem: disruption of: The train strikes caused major disruption of the morning commute for thousands of people. 2. ) a problem… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English