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Meaning & Definition of Perturb in English

English

Perturb

/pərtərb/

verb

1. 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:
  • perturb
  • ,
  • unhinge
  • ,
  • disquiet
  • ,
  • trouble
  • ,
  • cark
  • ,
  • distract
  • ,
  • disorder

2. Disturb or interfere with the usual path of an electron or atom

  • "The electrons were perturbed by the passing ion"
    synonym:
  • perturb

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • perturb

4. Throw into great confusion or disorder

  • "Fundamental islamicists threaten to perturb the social order in algeria and egypt"
    synonym:
  • perturb
  • ,
  • derange
  • ,
  • throw out of kilter