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Webster 1913 Edition


Disorder

Dis-or′der

,
Noun.
[Pref.
dis-
+
order
: cf. F.
désordre
.]
1.
Want of order or regular disposition; lack of arrangement; confusion; disarray;
as, the troops were thrown into
disorder
; the papers are in
disorder
.
2.
Neglect of order or system; irregularity.
From vulgar bounds with brave
disorder
part,
And snatch a grace beyond the reach of art.
Pope.
3.
Breach of public order; disturbance of the peace of society; tumult.
Shak.
Syn. – Irregularity; disarrangement; confusion; tumult; bustle; disturbance; disease; illness; indisposition; sickness; ailment; malady; distemper. See
Disease
.

Dis-or′der

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Disordered
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Disordering
.]
1.
To disturb the order of; to derange or disarrange; to throw into confusion; to confuse.
Disordering
the whole frame or jurisprudence.
Burke.
The burden . . .
disordered
the aids and auxiliary rafters into a common ruin.
Jer. Taylor.
2.
To disturb or interrupt the regular and natural functions of (either body or mind); to produce sickness or indisposition in; to discompose; to derange;
as, to
disorder
the head or stomach
.
A man whose judgment was so much
disordered
by party spirit.
Macaulay.
Syn. – To disarrange; derange; confuse; discompose.

Webster 1828 Edition


Disorder

DISORDER

,
Noun.
[dis and order.]
1.
Want of order or regular disposition; irregularity; immethodical distribution; confusion; a word of general application; as, the troops were thrown into disorder; the papers are in disorder.
2.
Tumult; disturbance of the peace of society; as, the city is sometimes troubled with the disorders of its citizens.
3.
Neglect of rule; irregularity.
From vulgar bounds with brave disorder part, and snatch a grace beyond the reach of art.
4.
Breach of laws; violation of standing rules, or institutions.
5.
Irregularity, disturbance or interruption of the functions of the animal economy; disease; distemper; sickness. [See Disease.] disorder however is more frequently used to express a slight disease.
6.
Discomposure of the mind; turbulence of passions.
7.
Irregularity in the functions of the brain; derangement of the intellect or reason.

DISORDER

, v.t.
1.
To break order; to derange; to disturb any regular disposition or arrangement of things; to put out of method; to throw into confusion; to confuse; applicable to every thing susceptible of order.
2.
To disturb or interrupt the natural functions of the animal economy; to produce sickness or indisposition; as, to disorder the head or stomach.
3.
To discompose or disturb the mind; to ruffle.
4.
To disturb the regular operations of reason; to derange; as, the mans reason is disordered.
5.
To depose from holy orders. [Unusual.]

Definition 2023


disorder

disorder

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Noun

disorder (countable and uncountable, plural disorders)

  1. Absence of order; state of not being arranged in an orderly manner.
    After playing the children left the room in disorder.
  2. A disturbance of civic peace or of public order.
    The class was thrown into disorder when the teacher left the room
    The army tried to prevent disorder when claims the elections had been rigged grew stronger.
  3. (medicine, countable) A physical or psychical malfunction.
    Bulimia is an eating disorder.

Synonyms

  • (absence of order): chaos, entropy; see also Wikisaurus:disorder
  • (disturbance of civic peace): See also Wikisaurus:riot

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