from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Being in a condition of confusion or disarray.
  • adjective Physically or mentally ill.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Thrown into disorder; disarranged; irregular in state or action; confused.
  • Deranged.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Thrown into disorder; deranged.
  • adjective obsolete Disorderly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of disorder.
  • adjective Chaotic; without clear order; in a state of disorder.
  • adjective Deranged.

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

  • adjective lacking orderly continuity
  • adjective not arranged in order
  • adjective thrown into a state of disarray or confusion


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    Our Friend the Charlatan George Gissing 1880

  • I decided to study solid 3He, my original thesis topic, and at the same time Gerry Dolan and I began a modest program to test some of the ideas that David Thouless had discussed on electron localization in disordered one-dimensional systems.

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  • I walked in disordered haste from place to place, without knowing which way to turn, or whither I went.

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  • The enemy, completely hemmed in, were flying from our fire, and precipitating themselves in disordered masses into the ford and boats, in the utmost confusion and consternation; our 8-inch howitzers soon began to play upon their boats, when the 'débris' of the Sikh army appeared upon the opposite and high bank of the river, flying in every direction, although a sort of line was attempted to countenance their retreat, until all our guns commenced a furious cannonade, when they quickly receded.

    The Autobiography of Liuetenant-General Sir Harry Smith, Baronet of Aliwal on the Sutlej, G. C. B. 1903

  • More common, but lesser-known, is a phenomenon called "disordered eating."

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  • At extreme ends, we have rising rates of eating disorders, and we also have a much larger section of the population that engages in what they would call disordered eating rather than eating disorders.

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  • (An EDNOS, also called disordered eating, is an eating disorder that doesn't meet the strict diagnostic criteria for a full-blown eating disorder, but may include drastic weight loss, caloric restriction, binging, and purging.)

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  • He said psychiatry, organized psychiatry has a bone to pick with us because just as homosexuals used to be years ago defined as disordered by psychiatry in its diagnostic manual, he thinks that pedophiles too should be removed from that manual that they're normal.

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  • The boy smiled good-naturedly as he recalled the disordered room.

    The Blue Envelope 1918

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