dis·​lo·​ca·​tion | \ˌdis-(ˌ)lō-ˈkā-shən, -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

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Economic dislocation, changes in social hierarchies and demographic change can all produce the same effect. New York Times, "In U.S. and Europe, Migration Conflict Points to Deeper Political Problems," 29 June 2018 But the next wave of economic dislocation won't come from overseas. Michael Sebastian, Town & Country, "Here's the Full Transcript of Obama's Farewell Address," 11 Jan. 2017 Instead of describing a sense of class that is anchored in a specific region, Neel emphasizes that upheavals and dislocation connect working-class experience across regions and continents. Jedediah Purdy, The New Republic, "The Remaking of Class," 27 June 2018 The crash test dummy experienced forces consistent with broken bones or dislocations of the right hip or lower leg, Zuby said. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee get worst ratings in crash test," 12 June 2018 He was carted off the field after a dislocation of his left knee and doctors had to perform an emergency vascular surgery in order to save his left leg. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Report: Bears Signs Zach Miller To One-Year Deal After Major Knee Injury," 4 June 2018 The skeletal remains of both children and animals show evidence of cuts to the sternum as well as rib dislocations, which suggest that the victims' chests were cut open and pulled apart, perhaps to facilitate the removal of the heart. National Geographic, "Exclusive: Ancient Mass Child Sacrifice May Be World's Largest," 26 Apr. 2018 That Miller suffered a probable career-ending left knee dislocation on the play, and the fact the initial touchdown ruling gave the Bears the lead in the third quarter, only added to the vitriol locally. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "NFL to consider restoring 'football move' requirement for catch," 21 Mar. 2018 Most of the comments on dislocation, oppression, discrimination – even rape – are poetically insinuated. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of dislocation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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dis·​lo·​ca·​tion | \ˌdis-lō-ˈkā-shən \

Kids Definition of dislocation

: the condition of being moved out of a normal location


dis·​lo·​ca·​tion | \ˌdis-(ˌ)lō-ˈkā-shən, -lə- \

Medical Definition of dislocation 

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

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