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

Examples of dislocation in a Sentence

the slightest dislocation in her daily routine bothered the elderly woman
Recent Examples on the Web Both Adin and Murrani echoed the sense of dislocation that Branagh has spoken of in being forced to leave one’s home. NBC News, 26 Mar. 2022 By placing these stories on the imaginary CAPS in some unspecified near-future, Bennani is able to touch on the unending refugee crises of today, the traumas of dislocation, the nowhere of migrant camps and detention centers. Lori Waxman, chicagotribune.com, 25 Mar. 2022 Some two weeks into the war, the scale of the dislocation is immense. Michael Bociurkiw, CNN, 10 Mar. 2022 Didion’s narrative of middle class suburban California is not only one of economic decline, but also one of social dislocation. Michael Bernick, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Elsewhere, the dislocation of disappearance and reappearance seems to have lent special powers. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 25 Oct. 2021 Given the dislocation of the lockdown, both manufacturing and supply chains have been hit, leading to fewer goods and therefore a rise in prices for those goods that do reach markets. Shoaib Daniyal, Quartz, 12 July 2021 At New Mexico State, Wilson completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,058 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions in six games before suffering a season-ending elbow dislocation. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 31 Mar. 2022 Even before the bans, the news diet of Russian citizens was becoming restrictive to the point of complete dislocation from the truth. Cassie Werber, Quartz, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dislocation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Dislocation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dislocation. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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