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: 1595–1605; < Medieval Latindislocātus (past participle of dislocāre), equivalent to Latindis-dis-1 + locātus placed; see locate
c.1600, from earlier adj. or pp. dislocate "out of joint" (c.1400), from M.L. dislocatus, pp. of dislocare "put out of place," from L. dis- "away" + locare "to place" (see locate). Related: Dislocated.