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disruption (dɪsˈrʌpʃən) 

Definitions

noun

  1. When there is disruption of an event, system, or process, it is prevented from continuing or operating in a normal way   ⇒ kids who are a source of disruption in lessons   ⇒ the disruption of rail communications   ⇒ The strike is expected to cause delays and disruption to flights from Britain.

disrupt (dɪsˈrʌpt Pronunciation for disrupt

Definitions

verb

  1. (transitive) to throw into turmoil or disorder
  2. (transitive) to interrupt the progress of (a movement, meeting, etc)
  3. to break or split (something) apart

Derived Forms

disˈrupter, disˈruptor noun
disˈruption noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin disruptus burst asunder, from dīrumpere to dash to pieces, from dis-1 + rumpere to burst

Translations for 'disruption'

  • British English: disruption When there is disruption of an event, system, or process, it is prevented from continuing or operating in a normal way. NOUNThe strike is expected to cause delays and disruption to flights.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: interrupção
  • Chinese: 妨碍妨碍礙
  • European Spanish: trastorno
  • French: perturbation
  • German: Störung
  • Italian: perturbazione
  • Japanese: 混乱
  • Korean: 중단
  • Portuguese: interrupção
  • Spanish: trastorno

Example Sentences Including 'disruption'

Both were said to have acted aggressively while in St James's Hospital and caused considerable disruption.
Irish Times (2002)
In 1918 Britain had won a major continental war, but at what it deemed an unacceptable cost in lives and economic disruption.
Hirst, Paul After Thatcher
More bad weather is on the way after yesterday's snow brought a day of disruption to many roads.
Glasgow Herald (2002)
Such tactics led to further disruption , victimization, war, and madness.
Aldiss, Brian Somewhere East of Life
The boy was handcuffed and taken to the police station where he was charged with disruption of an educational institution.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The council was considering a range of possibilities to minimise disruption to the RSNO.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
The road ahead was now blocked solid by other Indians in dhotis, all welcoming any disruption to a dreary life of drudgery.
Leasor, James Tank of Serpents
They knew how to open locks without damaging them, how to search a place with the minimum of disruption.
Adam, Paul A Nasty Dose of Death
Two or three droughts on the trot could lead to the widespread loss of life, and the disruption of the established social order.
Spiked (2005)

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