from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause (a person, for example) to experience disorientation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause to lose orientation or direction.
- v. To confuse or befuddle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To turn away from the east; to confuse as to which way is east; to cause to lose one's bearings.
- transitive v. to cause (a person) to lose one's sense of direction; to cause to lose one's bearings or way.
- transitive v. to cause one to lose one's sense of time or place, or of one's own personal identity.
- transitive v. to confuse (a person) by changing or removing something which has served as a standard or guide to action.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To turn from the east; throw out of direction with respect to the east.
- To confuse as to direction in general; cause to lose one's bearings.
- Figuratively, to cause to lose the knowledge of the direction in which the truth lies; cause to lose one's reckoning with respect to the truth: the east being taken metaphorically for the truth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to be lost or disoriented
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And you consider being "disorient"ed to be other than discomfiting?
I think the threat is of another terrorist attack, which would continue to kind of disorient people, and this sort of emerging sense of security that people need to have, and we need for the economy to work, we need for our systems to work, could get shaken.
In conservation news, Utne Reader reports European researchers recently sought to stem the mortality rate of birds migrating over the North Sea, where lights from oil and gas rigs can distract and disorient the fair-feathered travelers.
At one point, police were using flash-bangs – grenades that are designed to distract and disorient, rather than injure – to try to break up the mob.
Eli picked up on that, used it to distract and disorient Cooper.
As her dismayed father watched, she spun the bird around to disorient it, laid its head on the block and raised the hatchet: This first blow made a vague dent, barely breaking the skin.
I had driven them over to New Hampshire to disorient them.
If a pesticide is targeted to disorient largely by causing nerve damage the worker, they become confused, cannot find their colony, perish and eventually so does the social hierarchy.
Struggling and ripping at it would only disorient me and possibly send me stumbling off the rock face.
The antonyms disorient and disorientate date from 1655 and 1704, respectively; again they are virtually synonymous.