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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.
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin dislocātus (past participle of dislocāre), equivalent to Latin dis- dis-1 + locātus placed; see locate
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undislocated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dislocated
  • As a dislocated worker, you may have many questions, some of them concerning your health and retirement benefits.
  • He was then hoisted on the rack, and his bones in many parts dislocated.
  • He had a smile that thrust out his chin as if it were dislocated.
  • CT scans showed he had a deteriorating left foot, dislocated left knee, fractures and broken skin and bone.
  • But many dislocated workers are staying away from manufacturing-related courses, he says.
  • He dislocated his shoulder and broke two ribs, but survived.
  • Many surfers have suffered dislocated shoulders or broken bones from hitting the concrete blocks.
  • The public pays these bills so that the poor in a dislocated economy may have decent housing.
  • In practice, many civilians are killed or maimed or dislocated.
  • Few want to bump up the amount of debt that needs to get rolled over while credit markets are still dislocated.
British Dictionary definitions for dislocated


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 dislocated



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.

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dislocated 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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