verb (used with object), dis·lo·cat·ed, dis·lo·cat·ing

  1. to put out of place; put out of proper relative position; displace: The glacier dislocated great stones. The earthquake dislocated several buildings.
  2. to put out of joint or out of position, as a limb or an organ.
  3. to throw out of order; upset; disorder: Frequent strikes dislocated the economy.


  1. 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.

verb (tr)

  1. to disrupt or shift out of place or position
  2. to displace (an organ or part) from its normal position, esp a bone from its joint

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.


  1. To displace a body part, especially to displace a bone from its normal position.

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