[dis-loh-key-shuh n]


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
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Contemporary Examples of dislocation

  • One feels the same sense of dislocation reading Zweig, his world is indeed a “world of yesterday”.

  • During the height of the crisis, Westergaard described the disorientation and dislocation of living under guard.

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    The Repentant Radical

    Michael Moynihan

    September 17, 2013

  • Nine years later, after the turmoil of war and dislocation, that number had risen (slightly) to 1,162,100.

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    Media Distort Mideast Debate

    Michael Medved

    May 22, 2011

  • That dislocation takes a physical shape in a series of stories about a man who finds a talking severed head.

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    Sam Shepard Rides Again

    Caryn James

    January 30, 2010

  • This picture might well exemplify the dislocation between old and new in the movement of the dress and the stasis of the dancer.

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    Dreaming of Paris

    Philip Gefter

    January 28, 2010

Historical Examples of dislocation

  • There's a compound fracture above the knee, and a dislocation below.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • There was no dislocation, the doctors told her, but a very bad wrench.

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    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • This ligament is ruptured in certain severe cases of dislocation of the hip.

  • Admirable, too, is the Hippocratic description of dislocation of the shoulder and of the jaw.

  • And yet what a change of view produced by it, what a dislocation of judgment!

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 (def. 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

dislocation in Medicine




Displacement of a body part, especially the temporary displacement of a bone from its normal position; luxation.
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dislocation in Science



Displacement of a bone from its normal position, especially at a joint.
Geology See displacement.
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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