Definition of derange:
- To disturb in action or function, as a part or organ, or the whole of a machine or organism.
- To disturb in the orderly or normal action of the intellect; to render insane.
- To put out of place, order, or rank; to disturb the proper arrangement or order of; to throw into disorder, confusion, or embarrassment; to disorder; to disarrange; as, to derange the plans of a commander, or the affairs of a nation.
derange (part of speech: verb)
This would seem to prove that the spores of some fungi are liable, when inhaled in large quantities, to derange the system and become dangerous; but under usual and natural conditions such spores are not likely to be present in the atmosphere in sufficient quantity to cause inconvenience.- "Fungi: Their Nature and Uses", Mordecai Cubitt Cooke.
Sometimes, the gases are not in sufficient quantities to produce instant death, but only derange the general health; yet if an animal be turned into a pasture, the herbage and soil of which give out an excess of nitrogen and carbonic acid, the animal will die; just as a man will, if you lower him into a well abounding in either of these destructive agents.- "The American Reformed Cattle Doctor", George Dadd.
- "The Grammar of English Grammars", Goold Brown.