A disruption is a major disturbance, something that changes your plans or interrupts some event or process. A screaming child on an airplane can be a disruption of the passengers' sleep.

A break in the action, especially an unplanned and confusing one, is a disruption. A sudden thunderstorm is an unwelcome disruption of an outdoor wedding ceremony, and a flat tire on an elaborate float will probably cause a parade disruption. When you disrupt something, you upset it or mess it up. In Latin disrupt means "broken into pieces," from dis, "apart," and rumpere, "to break."

Definitions of disruption
  1. noun
    an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
    synonyms: break, gap, interruption
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    cut-in, insert
    (film) a still picture that is introduced and that interrupts the action of a film
    cut-in, insert
    (broadcasting) a local announcement inserted into a network program
    interjection, interpellation, interpolation, interposition
    the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts
    abruption, breaking off
    an instance of sudden interruption
    barracking, heckling
    shouting to interrupt a speech with which you disagree
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    delay, holdup
    the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
  2. noun
    an event that results in a displacement or discontinuity
    synonyms: dislocation
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    break, interruption
    some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
  3. noun
    the act of causing disorder
    synonyms: perturbation
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    breakdown, dislocation
    the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue
    surprisal, surprise
    the act of surprising someone
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    the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
  4. noun
    a disorderly outburst or tumult
    synonyms: commotion, disturbance, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do
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    convulsion, turmoil, upheaval
    a violent disturbance
    a disturbance that is extremely disruptive
    a public disturbance
    splash, stir
    a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event
    maelstrom, storm, tempest
    a violent commotion or disturbance
    storm center, storm centre
    a center of trouble or disturbance
    garboil, tumult, tumultuousness, uproar, zoo
    a state of commotion and noise and confusion
    a state of violent disturbance and excitement
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    a disturbance of the peace or of public order
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