dis·​lo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌdis-(ˌ)lō-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce dislocation (audio) , -lə- \

Definition of dislocation

: the act of dislocating : the state of being dislocated: such as
a : displacement of one or more bones at a joint : luxation
b : a discontinuity in the otherwise normal lattice structure of a crystal
c : disruption of an established order

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Examples of dislocation in a Sentence

the slightest dislocation in her daily routine bothered the elderly woman
Recent Examples on the Web Begin with the scale of the misery and dislocation? Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Our Year in Hell," 31 Dec. 2020 Just moments after the dislocation, Vitti popped Kobe's finger back into place, and the five-time NBA champion went back onto the court to play. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Kobe Bryant's Daughter Natalia Injures Finger During Ski Trip: 'Payback for Making Fun' of Dad," 31 Dec. 2020 Born in the middle of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and just 2 years old at the onset of the Iran-Iraq War, Ms. Shamsavari says her first memories are rooted in uncertainty and dislocation. Shafi Musaddique, The Christian Science Monitor, "For these ‘war children’ in London, grit and resilience come naturally," 2 Dec. 2020 That amounts to 19 million people potentially losing their homes, rivaling the dislocation that foreclosures caused after the subprime housing bust. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Nearly 19 million Americans could lose their homes when eviction limits expire Dec. 31," 27 Nov. 2020 Financial companies have already moved billions of dollars in assets and hundreds of staff into the EU to prepare for this dislocation. Max Colchester And Simon Clark, WSJ, "U.K. Sets Plan to Keep Up With New York as Financial Center After Brexit," 9 Nov. 2020 Binx feels this sense of dislocation, and attempts to ground himself by noting the physical, particular aspects of going to the movies. Michael Washburn, National Review, "The Moviegoer at 60," 27 Dec. 2020 Franchise quarterback Dak Prescott, who did not miss a start from 2016-19, suffered a compound fracture and dislocation to his ankle Oct. 11. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Dallas Cowboys' Stephen Jones: Mike McCarthy ‘absolutely’ 2021 coach, ‘surprised someone would question’," 14 Dec. 2020 But in doing the deal at a time when global stocks are riding high, Wikramanayake, 59, has broken with a tradition that has seen Macquarie act most aggressively in periods of market dislocation. Nabila Ahmed, Bloomberg.com, "Most Powerful Woman in Australia Finance Inks First Big Deal," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of dislocation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dislocation was in the 14th century

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24 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Dislocation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dislocation. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for dislocation


dis·​lo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌdis-lō-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce dislocation (audio) \

Kids Definition of dislocation

: the condition of being moved out of a normal location


dis·​lo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌdis-(ˌ)lō-ˈkā-shən, -lə- How to pronounce dislocation (audio) \

Medical Definition of dislocation

: displacement of one or more bones at a joint : luxation

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