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From Middle English perturben, from Old French perturber, from Latin perturbare (“throw into confusion, confuse, disorder, disturb”), from per (“through”) + turbare (“to confuse, disturb”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /pɚˈtɝb/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)b
perturb (third-person singular simple present perturbs, present participle perturbing, simple past and past participle perturbed)
- To disturb; to bother or unsettle.
- (physics) To slightly modify the motion of an object.
- (astronomy) To modify the motion of a body by exerting a gravitational force.
- (mathematics) To modify slightly, such as an equation or value.
to disturb; to bother or unsettle
(physics) to slightly modify the motion of an object
(math) To modify slightly, such as an equation or value
- perturb in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- perturb in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- perturb at OneLook Dictionary Search
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