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

n an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

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

n an event that results in a displacement or discontinuity

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break, interruption
some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity

n the act of causing disorder

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

n a disorderly outburst or tumult

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
storm, tempest
a violent commotion or disturbance
storm center, storm centre
a center of trouble or disturbance
garboil, tumult, tumultuousness, uproar
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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