evacuation

noun
evac·​u·​a·​tion | \ i-ˌva-kyə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce evacuation (audio) , -kyü-ˈā-\

Definition of evacuation

1 : the act or process of evacuating
2 : something evacuated or discharged

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The water surged into town after heavy rains and snow melt broke a nearby levee, forcing evacuations through communities here. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "The Missouri River Has Crested, but Some Towns Are Still Under Water," 27 Mar. 2019 While on an uneventful flight, most of their time is spent pouring coffee, updating the flight log, and distributing headsets, flight attendants are highly trained and are required to practice in-water simulations of this kind of an evacuation. Allen St. John, Popular Mechanics, "What Went Right: Revisiting Captain "Sully" Sullenberger and the Miracle on the Hudson," 15 Jan. 2019 On March 27, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill banning dilation and evacuation, a procedure often used in second-trimester abortions, if a patient is more than about 11 weeks pregnant. Anna North, Vox, "How Trump helped inspire a wave of strict new abortion laws," 21 Nov. 2018 Winds along the Florida coast were already rising above tropical storm strength at the time, all but closing the window for further evacuations as the storm nears shore and moves inland later today. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Michael is so menacing that The Weather Channel just evacuated [Updated]," 10 Oct. 2018 Roughly half of those households lack a car for evacuation. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Flood insurance is broken," 20 Sep. 2018 In June 2017, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott signed a law banning the most common method of ending a pregnancy in the second trimester, known as dilation and evacuation, during which the fetus is removed from the uterus. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "If Brett Kavanaugh Is Confirmed, These 5 Scary Things Could Easily Happen," 31 July 2018 Four required emergency evacuations, three by helicopter: one person with stress fractures in both feet, one who had a serious fall, and one who had a severe stomach bug and couldn’t keep any fluids down. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Here's What It Takes to Hike the John Muir Trail," 11 July 2018 But Narongsak said earlier that recent mild weather and falling water levels had created optimal conditions for an underwater evacuation. Author: Tassanee Vejpongsa, Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Anchorage Daily News, "4 rescued from Thai cave in risky operation; 9 remain inside," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of evacuation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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evacuation

noun
evac·​u·​a·​tion | \ i-ˌvak-yə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce evacuation (audio) \

Medical Definition of evacuation

1 : the act or process of evacuating
2 : something evacuated or discharged

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