Definition of disorientation in English:



mass noun
  • 1The condition of having lost one's sense of direction.

    ‘as we walked on into the night, an air of total disorientation descended’
    • ‘The pilot unsuspectingly placed the aircraft in an unusual attitude by not staying on instruments, allowing incapacitating disorientation to encroach on him.’
    • ‘By 14,000 ft, the air would have started to become too thin to breathe, causing severe disorientation.’
    • ‘To avoid disorientation, a signage designer has inserted clues on all kinds of surfaces to keep patrons from getting lost.’
    • ‘He struggled to bring the aircraft under control while he dealt with spatial disorientation induced by the lack of visible horizon.’
    • ‘The board concluded that the accident's probable cause was disorientation caused by haze and a dark night.’
    • ‘When you walk through a labyrinth, you often have a feeling of disorientation or even fear, because you don't know where you're going.’
    • ‘Movement in any other direction than shoreward in circumstances of disorientation would take the animal away from food and mates, with maladaptive consequences.’
    • ‘There are no distinctions of light and darkness, and together with the combination of several perspectives, this contributes to a general impression of disorientation in space.’
    • ‘There is concern that boats in the river could pose a danger to the whale, with the noise of their engines adding to its disorientation.’
    • ‘This was, though, nothing compared to the disorientation we suffered from navigating Milton Keynes.’
    1. 1.1A state of mental confusion.
      ‘the hospital environment can bring anxiety and disorientation to patients’
      • ‘I am probably not alone in feeling disorientation at the kind of experience I had that afternoon.’
      • ‘However, presenting a slow first act and briskly paced second and third acts does create some disorientation.’
      • ‘Here the man's main struggle is against himself and the disorientation played out by his own weakened and wandering mind.’
      • ‘The Stalinists opposed any struggle by the working class for its independent interests and created widespread political disorientation.’
      • ‘Carbon monoxide also causes sleepiness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, and disorientation.’
      • ‘Monaghan's essay describes her crushing sense of loss and disorientation at her husband's death.’
      • ‘He gradually weakens in his struggle and gets deeper into a state of paranoia and disorientation.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, his journal entries during this period indicate real emotional distress and disorientation about the direction of his life.’
      • ‘When she became terminally ill with a brain hemorrhage, she began showing signs of psychological disorientation.’
      • ‘Today's intellectual pessimism and cultural disorientation distracts the human imagination from confronting challenges that lie ahead.’