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 But that creates an opportunity to see that dislocation corrected. Bryan Rich, Forbes, "Why You Should Buy The Dip In Gold," 6 May 2021 Doctors had to repair a compound fracture and dislocation of the right ankle in October. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Cowboys QB Dak Prescott on injury recovery: ‘I can go play in a game right now’," 4 May 2021 Longer-term investors should be looking for firms that are using last year’s dislocation to drive growth by aiming to nab good customers from rivals, like by beefing up marketing spending. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Consumer Lenders Face a New Challenge: Each Other," 4 May 2021 Despite the dislocation Hudes feels from being separated from Philly friends and her extended family, she is exhilarated by the chance to bond with her mother. Alicia Ramírez, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘A migrant in my own life’: A playwright looks deep within.," 30 Apr. 2021 The venomous political divides that Limbaugh and Trump fomented for personal power are playing out in an extraordinary family feud that mirrors the national dislocation of a bitter American era. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Rush Limbaugh was Trump before Trump," 19 Feb. 2021 Even with another drop, however, the proxy for layoffs would remain well above levels seen during any previous recession, underscoring the severe dislocation from the new coronavirus and efforts to contain it. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Economy Week Ahead: Exports, Inflation and Unemployment," 6 Sep. 2020 The fact that they are taken at night after people are finished with their daily routines contributes to this sense of dislocation. Alfredo Sosa, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Pictures: Standing outside and looking in," 30 Mar. 2021 Prescott fell awkwardly, suffering a compound dislocation and fracture of his right ankle. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "How Dallas Cowboys legend Michael Irvin inspired Jerry Jones’ confidence in Dak Prescott’s rehab," 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of dislocation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2021

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“Dislocation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dislocation. Accessed 15 May. 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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