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English noun: disruption

1. disruption (act) an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

SamplesIt was presented without commercial breaks.
There was a gap in his account.

Synonymsbreak, gap, interruption

Broader (hypernym)delay, holdup

Narrower (hyponym)abruption, barracking, breaking off, cut-in, cut-in, heckling, insert, insert, interjection, interpellation, interpolation, interposition

2. disruption (state) a disorderly outburst or tumult

SamplesThey were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused.

Synonymscommotion, disturbance, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do

Broader (hypernym)disorder

Narrower (hyponym)convulsion, earthquake, garboil, incident, splash, stir, storm, storm center, storm centre, tempest, tumult, tumultuousness, turmoil, upheaval, uproar

3. disruption (event) an event that results in a displacement or discontinuity


Broader (hypernym)break, interruption

4. disruption (act) the act of causing disorder


Broader (hypernym)disturbance

Narrower (hyponym)breakdown, dislocation, surprisal, surprise

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