Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[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.
Origin of replacement
First recorded in 1780-90; replace + -ment
Related forms
nonreplacement, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for replacement
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • A recruit, arriving one night as a replacement, got there just in time for a heavy strafing that the Germans were delivering.

    Average Americans Theodore Roosevelt
  • With loving care he took the replacement part from his hip pouch.

    The Velvet Glove Harry Harrison
  • The ultimate sanction is the refusal of credit and, at times, even the replacement of the trust or enterprise director.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • Stock had been taken, and they found they were running low on replacement parts.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • This produced the heel-and-toe action treadle, a familiar part of the sewing machine until its replacement by the electric motor.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for replacement

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for replacement

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for replacement