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[ri-pleys-muh nt] /rɪˈpleɪs mənt/
the act of replacing.
a person or thing that replaces another:
summer replacements for vacationing staff; a replacement for a broken dish.
Military. a sailor, soldier, or airman assigned to fill a vacancy in a military unit.
Also called metasomatism. Geology. the process of practically simultaneous removal and deposition by which a new mineral grows in the body of an old one.
1780-90; replace + -ment
Related forms
nonreplacement, noun Unabridged
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  • Partial knee replacement surgery involves removing damaged cartilage and bone in the knee joint.
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  • Ankle replacement is surgery to replace the damaged parts of the three bones that make up the ankle joint.
  • Hip joint replacement is surgery to replace all or part of the hip joint with an artificial joint.
  • The app is not intended as a replacement for the section in the print magazine.
  • Anger is not a replacement for education and thought.
British Dictionary definitions for replacement


the act or process of replacing
a person or thing that replaces another
(geology) the growth of a mineral within another of different chemical composition by gradual simultaneous deposition and removal
a process of fossilization by gradual substitution of mineral matter for the original organic matter Also called petrification
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Word Origin and History for replacement

"act or fact of being replaced," 1790, from replace (v.) + -ment. Meaning "something that replaces another" is attested from 1894.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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