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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Record flooding caused by heavy snow and rain in the Great Plains forced the evacuation of thousands and killed at least three people in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and other midwestern states over the past three days. Kate King, WSJ, "Record Floods Wreak Havoc on Midwestern States," 17 Mar. 2019 The West Fire ignited near West Willows Road and Interstate 8 just after 11 a.m. Friday and quickly prompted evacuations. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Injured Alpine firefighter recovering at home," 10 July 2018 Nearly 20,000 civilians had left the shrinking area in recent weeks before the evacuation halted last week when the militants closed all the roads out of the tiny area. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Pressure builds to get civilians out of last IS-held enclave," 20 Feb. 2019 During the 2017 La Tuna Fire, the biggest in Los Angeles in half a century, a road diet on Foothill Boulevard the in Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood bottlenecked evacuations. Christopher D. Legras, WSJ, "Vision Zero, a ‘Road Diet’ Fad, Is Proving to Be Deadly," 18 Jan. 2019 Those plans were dashed when flash floods turned the waterfalls a muddy dark chocolate and forced hiker evacuations on Thursday. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Hikers headed to flood-closed Havasupai Falls scramble to make other plans," 13 July 2018 The slow-moving storm has brought catastrophic flooding to Texas, killed at least nine people, led to mass evacuations and paralyzed Houston, the fourth most-populous U.S. city. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Dam gates, dredging are major topics at county flood bond meeting in Kingwood," 12 July 2018 More than 50 fires have ignited across the country, forcing evacuations. Umair Irfan, Vox, "In Sweden, Latvia, and Greece, wildfires are spreading amid a brutal heat wave.," 25 July 2018 Another Colorado blaze, the Lake Christine Fire, forced evacuations early Thursday morning about 20 miles northwest of Aspen. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Western wildfires: Thousands flee from dozens of blazes, including Colorado's 3rd-biggest on record," 5 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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