• WordNet 3.6
    • v disorient cause to be lost or disoriented
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The trainees are thrown into a pool with their hands and feet tied wearing snorkeling masks. They are then harassed by their instructors who knock their masks off, spin their bodies, and pull them under in an effort to disorient the student.
    • Disorient to cause (a person) to lose one's sense of direction; to cause to lose one's bearings or way; as, the tourist was disoriented by the winding and narrow streets.
    • Disorient (Psychiatry) to cause one to lose one's sense of time or place, or of one's own personal identity.
    • Disorient to confuse (a person) by changing or removing something which has served as a standard or guide to action; as, workers were rendered unemployed and disoriented by the rapid changes in the markets.
    • Disorient To turn away from the east; to confuse as to which way is east; to cause to lose one's bearings.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disorient To turn from the east; throw out of direction with respect to the east.
    • disorient To confuse as to direction in general; cause to lose one's bearings.
    • disorient Figuratively, to cause to lose the knowledge of the direction in which the truth lies; cause to lose one's reckoning with respect to the truth: the east being taken metaphorically for the truth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disorient dis-ō′ri-ent to turn from the east: to confuse as to direction in general—also Disorien′tate
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In literature:

I felt weak and disoriented.
"Take Me for a Ride" by Mark E. Laxer
He felt disoriented and although it was apparent, it didn't seem to evoke sympathy.
"Corpus of a Siam Mosquito" by Steven Sills
It was normally an instantaneous reaction to meeting someone, but I was still disoriented.
"Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" by Cory Doctorow
He was disoriented for time.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
Felt disoriented, with something nagging at his mind all the time, as though the ships had been sabotaged.
"Slingshot" by Irving W. Lande
You see, the first two times Snookums' brain was activated, the circuits became disoriented.
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
They are disoriented and do not seem to understand the questions put to them.
"Benign Stupors" by August Hoch
Now he felt disoriented.
"Where I Wasn't Going" by Walt Richmond
Standing there gazing at it, I think I'd never felt more disoriented.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
The old professor was choking from the smoke, totally disoriented, and babbling.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover

In news:

When shined into someone's eyes, the strobe lights disorient, nauseate and even temporarily blind the individual.
Disoriented man found sitting between the rails at Manhattan station.
This week, Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to file charges against Bryson, saying doctors determined he was disoriented after suffering a seizure.
Fire officials credit Garrelts with pulling Joseph, who was disoriented, out of the home as he stumbled near the foyer.
He told me he didn't even know he had high blood pressure, that he had become dizzy and a bit disoriented at work and had gone to the doctor, who immediately put him into the hospital.
Faux Ferocious ' Playlist Offers Insight Into the Band's Disorienting Sound.
So far you can see a disorienting image of a camera sitting on top of a TV screen.
Lists and the Disoriented Learner .
Because direct light and harsh glare can be harmful and disorienting to TBI patients, the design provides even levels of natural and indirect light in patient and public environments.
For at least the 30th time this year, authorities say a disoriented driver took a wrong-way trip on a Milwaukee freeway.
'Saturday Night Live' not funny, says N.Y. "Saturday Night Live" skit portrays Gov David Paterson as confused, disoriented.
These pesticides also cause honeybees to become disoriented and fail to return to their hives, the researchers concluded.
Wandering through the cubes and hallways of a recently vacated office block in Crystal City is disorienting.
The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill Monday that would criminalize what delegates call a "dangerous trend" that has seen people targeting aircraft with cheap laser pointers , which can briefly blind and temporarily disorient pilots.
Deputies were notified of the rape by staff at Physicians Regional Medical Center around 11:30 pm The woman was seen at the hospital vomiting multiple times looking "disoriented" and "distracted.".

In science:

At the far end of the sample, however, the phase vectors become gradually disoriented, implying that the energy can leak out only at the boundary due to the finite sample size.
Localization of acoustic waves in 1D random liquid media
Perception of depth with disoriented vision.
Combining Research Methods and Results from Psychology and Physics in the Investigation of Quantum Mechanics
There are many sources of “interesting” fluctuations that have been discussed, in particular those occurring near a phase transition (see the talk by Gavin), or close to a critical point, or those due to the formation of a “disoriented chiral condensate”.
Theoretical Conference Summary
One can understand this physically: in the zero radius limit the internal transverse momenta become in(cid:12)nite and the nucleon helicities become completely disoriented.
Precision Tests of Quantum Chromodynamics and the Standard Model
In particular, I will review neither developments in astrophysics nor the search for disoriented chiral condensates, simply because of my lack of competence in these areas.
QCD & QGP: A Summary