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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In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, which made landfall on the Bahamas on September 1st as the strongest hurricane recorded in the islands’ history, Floridians with boats and planes began an evacuation that rivalled Dunkirk in its approach. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "A Haphazard Recovery in the Bahamas," 16 Sep. 2019 As of now, the button would be used for evacuations, lockdowns and active shooters. Ricky Pinela, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida public schools may require ‘panic buttons’ if new bill is passed: report," 12 Sep. 2019 Logistics for the evacuation will be provided by Air Peace, a Nigerian airline which has offered to airlift Nigerians. Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Africa, "Hundreds of Nigerians are taking up the government’s offer to be evacuated from South Africa," 10 Sep. 2019 The Delta plane was one of two flights the company was sending on Sunday for evacuations, according to George Mattson, a member of Delta’s board of directors. NBC News, "In Abaco Islands, lives shattered by Hurricane Dorian's devastation to the Bahamas," 8 Sep. 2019 These maps show the regional effort that has taken place since Hurricane Rita in 2005 to improve the flow of traffic if an evacuation is necessary. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "Info La Porte residents should know during storm season," 6 Sep. 2019 The only international airport on the island of Grand Bahama was devastated and cannot serve as a staging ground for medical evacuations or emergency aid deliveries. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Bahamas official warns people to prepare for the 'unimaginable' as hurricane death toll rises to 30," 6 Sep. 2019 In Tuscaloosa, false reports of gunfire during the Aug. 23 game between Paul W. Bryant High School and Central High School resulted in mass panic and prompted an evacuation during the third quarter. al, "Alabama high schools tackle football game security," 5 Sep. 2019 An evacuation has been lifted at Pima Community College's district office after a suspicious package was found at one of the buildings Friday. Gloria Knott, azcentral, "Evacuation at Pima Community College office lifted after package deemed harmless," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of evacuation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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