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[dis-loh-keyt, dis-loh-keyt] /ˈdɪs loʊˌkeɪt, dɪsˈloʊ keɪt/
verb (used with object), dislocated, dislocating
to put out of place; put out of proper relative position; displace:
The glacier dislocated great stones. The earthquake dislocated several buildings.
to put out of joint or out of position, as a limb or an organ.
to throw out of order; upset; disorder:
Frequent strikes dislocated the economy.
Gymnastics. a maneuver on the rings in which a gymnast in an inverted pike position turns over to swing down while pushing the arms out and turning them so that the palms are facing out when the body turns over.
Origin of dislocate
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin dislocātus (past participle of dislocāre), equivalent to Latin dis- dis-1 + locātus placed; see locate
Related forms
undislocated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dislocate
Historical Examples
  • The latter did so with a vigor that threatened to dislocate the armor itself.

    Adrift on the Pacific Edward S. Ellis
  • Behold him then, rubbing and rubbing, in a way to dislocate the muscles of his arm and shoulder.

    Godfrey Morgan Jules Verne
  • "I can play the violin, and I can dislocate," said Mattia breathlessly.

    Nobody's Boy Hector Malot
  • As if he'd dislocate his jaw, His relatives all hasten where He waits them with a crafty air.

    Blacky the Crow Thornton W. Burgess
  • "If I could lay my hands on him, I'd dislocate him," said K, snapping his eyes.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
  • That one fellow will dislocate his neck, if he doesnt look out.

  • His feet were placed in the stocks, which were distended, so as to dislocate his legs.

  • He doesn't care; you may sleep, or dislocate your jaws, as you please.

  • He would contort your muscles and dislocate your bones like any osteopath.

    The Book of Tea Kakuzo Okakura
  • "A man's been known to dislocate his jaw, yawning like that," said Calhoun detachedly.

    The Hate Disease William Fitzgerald Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for dislocate


verb (transitive)
to disrupt or shift out of place or position
to displace (an organ or part) from its normal position, esp a bone from its joint
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Word Origin and History for dislocate

c.1600, from earlier adjective or past participle dislocate "out of joint" (c.1400), from Medieval Latin dislocatus, past participle of dislocare "put out of place," from Latin dis- "away" (see dis-) + locare "to place" (see locate). Related: Dislocated; dislocating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dislocate in Medicine

dislocate dis·lo·cate (dĭs'lō-kāt', dĭs-lō'kāt)
v. dis·lo·cat·ed, dis·lo·cat·ing, dis·lo·cates
To displace a body part, especially to displace a bone from its normal position.

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