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[dee-reyl-muh nt] /diˈreɪl mənt/
the act or process of derailing.
Origin of derailment
1940-45; derail + -ment, or < French déraillement Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for derailment
  • Don't get your last word in, apologise, and end the derailment.
  • And let's not forget, all this really amounts to is a derailment of the conversation.
  • One was a derailment and the other was a rear-end collision.
  • The derailment, whose cause has not been determined, was not a rarity.
  • At this time, he applied emergency braking and contacted the conductor via the intercom of the derailment.
  • The acid formed a yellowish pool at the site of the derailment.
  • The collision resulted in a catastrophic release of chlorine gas to the atmosphere from a tank car damaged in the derailment.
  • If you are in your car at the scene of a derailment, immediately drive away, if it is safe to do so.
Word Origin and History for derailment

1850, from French déraillement, from dérailler "to go off the rails" (see derail).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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