Dictionary Results for perturb


1. perturb - verb

· disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed; "She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill"

Synonym(s): unhinge, disquiet, trouble, cark, distract, disorder

Hypernym(s): disturb, upset, trouble




2. perturb - verb

· disturb or interfere with the usual path of an electron or atom; "The electrons were perturbed by the passing ion"

Hypernym(s): deviate




3. perturb - verb

· cause a celestial body to deviate from a theoretically regular orbital motion, especially as a result of interposed or extraordinary gravitational pull; "The orbits of these stars were perturbed by the passings of a comet"

Hypernym(s): deviate




4. perturb - verb

· throw into great confusion or disorder; "Fundamentalists threaten to perturb the social order"

Synonym(s): derange, throw_out_of_kilter

Hypernym(s): disorder, disarray





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