Meaning of PERTURBATION in English

PERTURBATION

ˌpərd.ərˈbāshən, ˌpərtərˈ-, ˌpərˌtərˈ-; ˌpə̄d.əˈ-, ˌpə̄təˈ-, ˌpə̄ˌtə̄ˈ-, ˌpəiˌtəiˈ- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English perturbacioun, from Middle French perturbation, from Latin perturbation-, perturbatio, from perturbatus + -ion-, -io -ion

1. : the action of perturbing or condition of being perturbed : commotion

the perturbations of the period of revolution — Ernest Barker

especially : mental or emotional disturbance or agitation

was in great perturbation of mind

2. : irregular variation in or alteration of or deviation from what is usual or expected (as in the orbital motion of a celestial body affected by extraordinary gravitational pull)

3. : alternation of tone conditioned by phonetic environment

• per·tur·ba·tion·al | ̷ ̷(ˌ) ̷ ̷|bāshən ə l, -shnəl adjective

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