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

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The statement was neither unexpected nor the exception—in tone and texture, Trump brandishes a narrative of dislocation. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Depth of Field: The Metaphor of Trump and the MAGA Hat," 20 June 2019 In the midst of this unprecedented wave of dislocation, thousands of migrants disappear every year. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 Alongside her mother’s cautionary tales runs the reality of immigrant dislocation. Laura Marcus, WSJ, "Five Best: Laura Marcus on Memoirs of Childhood," 15 Feb. 2019 O’Malley examined LeVert on Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery and the third-year swingman was diagnosed with a subtalar dislocation of the right foot. Brian Mahoney, The Seattle Times, "Nets say LeVert could return from foot injury this season," 13 Nov. 2018 Later supplanted by cleaner, cheaper-to-mine coal to the west, this was one of the first parts of America to endure the pain of industrial dislocation. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump's favorite county," 3 Aug. 2018 The dislocation would be reduced (restored to the correct alignment), the wound cleaned and sutures applied. Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tom Brady wears glove at practice, hiding something," 18 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of dislocation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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