AskDefine | Define disruption

Dictionary Definition

disruption

Noun

1 an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks" [syn: break, interruption, gap]
2 a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused" [syn: disturbance, commotion, stir, flutter, hurly burly, to-do, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, kerfuffle]
3 an event that results in a displacement or discontinuity [syn: dislocation]
4 the act of causing disorder [syn: perturbation]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From disruptionem (from disrumpere)

Noun

  1. The act of breaking regular flow or sequence of something.
    • The network created a disruption in the show when they broke in with a newscast.

Translations

Extensive Definition

Disruption generally refers to the normal workings of something being interrupted.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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