an act or instance of dislocating.
the state of being dislocated.
Crystallography. (in a crystal lattice) a line about which there is a discontinuity in the lattice structure. Compare defect ( def 3 ).

1350–1400; Middle English dislocacioun; see dislocate, -ion

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dislocation (ˌdɪsləˈkeɪʃən)
1.  the act of displacing or the state of being displaced; disruption
2.  (esp of the bones in a joint) the state or condition of being dislocated
3.  a line, plane, or region in which there is a discontinuity in the regularity of a crystal lattice
4.  geology a less common word for fault

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, originally of bones, from O.Fr. dislocation (14c.), or directly from M.L. dislocationem, noun of action from dislocare (see dislocate). General sense is from c.1600.
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dislocation dis·lo·ca·tion (dĭs'lō-kā'shən)
Displacement of a body part, especially the temporary displacement of a bone from its normal position; luxation.

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dislocation   (dĭs'lō-kā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Displacement of a bone from its normal position, especially at a joint.

  2. Geology See displacement.

  3. An imperfection in the crystal structure of a metal or other solid resulting from an absence of an atom or atoms in one or more layers of a crystal.

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His was the solitude, self-doubt and restlessness of dislocation and
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The global nature of temperature changes as a snowflake floats in a cold fog
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Not every combat veteran emerges from war with this sense of dislocation.
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