Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of dislocating or the state of having been dislocated.
  • noun Displacement of a body part, especially the temporary displacement of a bone from its normal position.
  • noun Chemistry 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Displacement; derangement or disorder of parts.
  • noun Specifically
  • noun In surgery: The displacement or separation of the parts of a joint; the unjointing of a limb; luxation.
  • noun Anatomical displacement, as of an organ through disease or violence; malposition.
  • noun In geology, a break in the continuity of strata, usually attended with more or less movement of the rocks on one side or the other, so that, in following any one stratum, it will be found to be above or below the place which it would have occupied had no break or dislocation occurred. See fault.
  • noun The territorial distribution of an army.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of displacing, or the state of being displaced.
  • noun (Geol.) The displacement of parts of rocks or portions of strata from the situation which they originally occupied. Slips, faults, and the like, are dislocations.
  • noun (Surg.) The act of dislocating, or putting out of joint; also, the condition of being thus displaced.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of displacing, or the state of being displaced.
  • noun geology The displacement of parts of rocks or portions of strata from the situation which they originally occupied. Slips, faults, and the like, are dislocations.
  • noun The act of dislocating, or putting out of joint; also, the condition of being thus displaced.
  • noun A linear defect in a crystal lattice. Because dislocations can shift within the crystal lattice, they tend to weaken the material, compared to a perfect crystal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue
  • noun an event that results in a displacement or discontinuity
  • noun a displacement of a part (especially a bone) from its normal position (as in the shoulder or the vertebral column)

Etymologies

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Middle English, from Old French, from stem of Medieval Latin dislocatio, delocatio

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