Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To put out of usual or proper place, position, or relationship.
  • transitive v. To displace (a body part), especially to displace a bone from its normal position.
  • transitive v. To throw into confusion or disorder; disrupt: a continuing drought that dislocated the state's economy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to put something out of its usual place
  • v. to (accidentally) dislodge a skeletal bone from its joint

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To displace; to put out of its proper place. Especially, of a bone: To remove from its normal connections with a neighboring bone; to put out of joint; to move from its socket; to disjoint.
  • adj. Dislocated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To displace; put out of regular place or position; hence, to interrupt the continuity or order of; throw out of order; disjoint; derange.
  • Specifically
  • In surgery, to put out of joint or out of position, as a limb or an organ; particularly, to displace from the socket of the joint, as a bone; luxate; disjoint, as by violence.
  • Dislocated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. move out of position
  • v. put out of its usual place, position, or relationship

Etymologies

Medieval Latin dislocāre, dislocāt- : dis-, dis- + Latin locāre, to place (from locus, place).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • According to the Office of Medical Services '(OMS) guidelines, these techniques were designed to "psychologically' dislocate 'the detainee, maximize his feeling of vulnerability and helplessness, and reduce or eliminate his will to resist our efforts to obtain critical intelligence. "

    Human Rights First: The Professionalization of Torture

  • According to the Office of Medical Services' OMS guidelines, these techniques were designed to "psychologically 'dislocate' the detainee, maximize his feeling of vulnerability and helplessness, and reduce or eliminate his will to resist our efforts to obtain critical intelligence."

    Human Rights First: The Professionalization of Torture

  • But first, before they staked her, their plan was to dislocate her joints and break the big bones of the arms and legs.

    CHAPTER IV

  • And would I say too much if I wonder about the ire that has been directed towards our nation's tenured teachers, with those dislocated by capitalism spitefully seeking to dislocate those given some protection from its excesses?

    Haroon Moghul: Finding Meaning In The Death Of A Teacher

  • She adds, I used elastic to give the ligaments realistic stretch, and even gave it the capability to dislocate, just like my real knee.

    Boing Boing

  • Houdini could walk a tightrope, untie knots with his toes, scale skyscrapers, dislocate his shoulders, and hold his breath for over three minutes.

    The Magician Escapes the Show

  • Not only did this dislocate the growth of the world's third largest economy, but it also disrupted global supply chains, depressing output in key manufacturing sectors such as IT and motor vehicle production around the world.

    The World Doesn't Need More Stimulus

  • The agreements "push wages lower and dislocate production with the ensuing loss of jobs," says Perez-Rocha, adding that "the prospects for the TPP are very bleak and workers everywhere must resist it."

    Michelle Chen: Labor Day Showdown: Can Advocates Stop 'NAFTA of the Pacific'?

  • At the time, it was standard for a surgeon to filet the entire hip with a 20-centimeter incision and dislocate the joint; even then, the surgeon was relegated to de-braiding tissue and removing loose pieces of cartilage to make marginal improvements in the patient's range of motion.

    Saving Careers, One Hip at a Time

  • I wouldn't have a problem with Halloween if we could marshal the desire to dislocate our jaws and swallow entire bags of chocolate the other 364 days of the year.

    Kathy Kemper: The Grinch of Halloween

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