nuisance-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: cause of harm or injury according to the law

Commentary: NUISANCE[+agent][+harm][+determined][+legally]
NOTE: implies an official or legal determination of harmful or injurious results.

The town considers motorcycles without mufflers to be a public nuisance.
These uneven sidewalks are a nuisance to pedestrian safety.
The court ruled his conduct had been a nuisance to his neighbors.


Sense Number 2: anything that is an annoyance or bother

Commentary: NUISANCE[+relation][+role][+annoyance][+person/+thing/+circumstance]

John managed to make a nuisance of himself at the meeting.
It is such a nuisance to have to re-enter all this data!
It's not a nuisance for us to pick you up at the train station, we are dropping Bob there.
Mary found the wet sticky dough a nuisance to work with.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2