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[dis-loh-key-shuh n] /ˌdɪs loʊˈkeɪ ʃən/
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).
Origin of dislocation
1350-1400; Middle English dislocacioun; see dislocate, -ion Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dislocation
  • His was the solitude, self-doubt and restlessness of dislocation and displacement.
  • Vomiting as a reaction to that dislocation of the senses was therefore a successful survival strategy.
  • The global nature of temperature changes as a snowflake floats in a cold fog does not seem to explain the dislocation corrections.
  • Not every combat veteran emerges from war with this sense of dislocation.
  • We have to do, not with the slow processes of growth by deposit or accretion, but with violent and volcanic dislocation.
  • Some of these jobs will come back, but the overall pattern of dislocation is neither temporary nor random.
  • But that did little to dim the spectacle of immediate dislocation.
  • The full story of the immigrant personality would also include the psychological burdens of dislocation.
  • But sometimes you're not left with any alternative to social dislocation.
  • There's also a moving subplot of dislocation and downward mobility in the author's own family.
British Dictionary definitions for dislocation


the act of displacing or the state of being displaced; disruption
(esp of the bones in a joint) the state or condition of being dislocated
a line, plane, or region in which there is a discontinuity in the regularity of a crystal lattice
(geology) a less common word for fault (sense 6)
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Word Origin and History for dislocation

c.1400, originally of bones, from Old French dislocacion (14c.), or directly from Medieval Latin dislocationem (nominative dislocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of dislocare (see dislocate). General sense is from c.1600.

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dislocation in Medicine

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 in Science
  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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