- 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
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Examples from the Web for dislocate
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
"I can play the violin, and I can dislocate," said Mattia breathlessly.Nobody's Boy
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
- 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
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To displace a body part, especially to displace a bone from its normal position.
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