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 Gray later formed Bridgewood and RCM, focusing on higher-end, ground-up developments across the care continuum in urban infill markets with dislocations in supply-demand balance. Houston Chronicle, "Bridgewood Property Co. builds regional scale in senior living," 19 July 2019 Francesco Femia, chief executive of the center, said there’s plenty of need for careful assessment of the role climate change could play in worsening conflict and dislocation in the world’s danger zones. Andrew Revkin, National Geographic, "Does the U.S. need a ‘presidential climate security committee’?," 22 Feb. 2019 Katy Cummins-Bakko relies on medical marijuana for her connective tissue disease, which can trigger pain or dislocation with each step. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Medical marijuana patients on edge over vaping scare; manufacturers say products are safe," 13 Sep. 2019 More peculiarly still, Will does not mention the great anxieties within conservatism today arising not only from economic dislocation but the threat posed to traditional beliefs and practices by economic institutions, particularly corporations. Patrick J. Deneen, Washington Post, "A defense of conservatism that veers toward liberalism," 21 June 2019 But for him, location most often spelled dislocation. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "David Berman Saw the Source of American Sadness," 13 Aug. 2019 Later Wednesday, the outfield situation became more unclear when right fielder Steven Duggar had to leave with an injury to his left shoulder, which required surgery in September to repair a dislocation and labrum tear. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Alex Dickerson to miss more time with oblique strain; Duggar injures shoulder," 7 Aug. 2019 America has undergone or is undergoing several trends that bring nationalist passions to the surface of politics: rapid urbanization, mass immigration, and some social dislocation that is related to economic globalization. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Divided We Fall," 16 July 2019 At Princeton, Karen experiences the weird dislocations of life on one of the Ivy League’s most élite campuses. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Student Debt Is Transforming the American Family," 2 Sep. 2019

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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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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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not being in agreement or harmony

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