Definition of dislocation in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Disturbance from a proper, original, or usual place or state.

    ‘rapid urban and industrial development brought immense social dislocation in its wake’
    • ‘All these changes threaten social dislocation, hitting the poorest and most vulnerable hardest.’
    • ‘The Second World War caused great economic and social dislocation and created a mood for political change.’
    • ‘In the political destabilization of American capitalism, accompanied by extreme economic dislocation, political events are intensifying the process of a serious economic downturn.’
    • ‘Ultimately, most crime arises not from greedy human nature, but from privation and the social dislocation that accompanies it.’
    • ‘It is a modern, mass movement originating in the social distress and dislocation created by capitalist crisis.’
    • ‘The colonial and apartheid projects were acts of massive dislocation and re-location.’
    • ‘Whether even that can be achieved must be doubtful in a period of massive social transformation, generating profound dislocation and insecurity.’
    • ‘As a writer, someone who spends a lot of time in his own head, he sympathises with Barney's sense of dislocation.’
    • ‘Society today is experiencing a sense of dislocation, with the end of almost two centuries of class politics and the traditional institutions and social structures that went with them.’
    • ‘If you have an interest in what is driving the economic rationalism and enormous social and environmental dislocation we are experiencing then this is the meeting for you.’
    • ‘Here its unearthly timbres lend yet more sense of dislocation to many of the textures in the opera.’
    • ‘Family dislocation has obvious social and emotional costs, especially for the children who lose a parent and often a source of income.’
    • ‘This might lead to growing social dislocation and rising economic inequality within the European Union.’
    • ‘Social dislocation generated not only uncertainty, but a large and powerful black market.’
    • ‘It was a cause of economic inequality, crime, and social dislocation.’
    • ‘This would cause a massive economic dislocation in Europe, bringing with it a head on confrontation with the working class.’
    • ‘It caused massive dislocation by prompting hundreds of thousands of Afghans to flee from their homes.’
    • ‘Violent death, dislocation, and general social breakdown were among the immediate problems faced by the Congolese.’
    • ‘The figures are not surprising, and probably explain the growing sense of dislocation from British society I've had for the last five years or so.’
    • ‘It all added up to a sense of dislocation, a feeling of being removed from the ‘real’ world: isolated and unsettled.’
    1. 1.1Injury or disability caused when the normal position of a joint or other part of the body is disturbed.
      ‘congenital dislocation of the hip’
      [count noun] ‘dealing with fractures and dislocations’
      • ‘It may be particularly useful in the pediatric population for diagnosis of hip joint subluxation and dislocation.’
      • ‘A clinically important C-spine injury was defined as any fracture, dislocation, or ligamentous instability apparent on imaging.’
      • ‘Patients recovered from shallow water, particularly those with head injuries, often have an associated fracture or dislocation of the cervical spine.’
      • ‘Radiographs show superior displacement of the clavicle and complete dislocation of the joint with weights.’
      • ‘The same mechanisms that produce toe fractures may cause a ligament sprain, contusion, dislocation, tendon injury, or other soft tissue injury.’
      • ‘Patients with fracture of the proximal or medial clavicle often have concomitant posterior dislocation of the sternoclavicular joint.’
      • ‘A palpable ‘clunk’ during either maneuver is considered a strongly positive sign for dislocation of the hip.’
      • ‘These potential complications include embolus, pneumonia, infection, joint dislocation, or deep vein thrombosis.’
      • ‘By serious, we mean those falls that cause fractures, joint dislocations, or head injury with loss of consciousness and hospitalization.’
      • ‘Common abnormalities, which include loss of extension and loss of flexion, may indicate old elbow injury, dislocation, fractures, etc.’
      • ‘Major injuries, including head trauma, soft tissue injuries, fractures and dislocations, occur in 5 to 15 percent of falls in any given year.’
      • ‘Anterior is the most common direction of dislocation of the glenohumeral joint.’
      • ‘Another cause of jaw joint problems is previous jaw injuries, such as dislocation.’
      • ‘There was no narrowing of discs or joint spaces, no fracture or dislocation and no bone injury.’
      • ‘This patient had walked all her life without hip joints as the result of untreated congenital dislocation of both hip joints.’
      • ‘Congenital hip dislocation occurs when the round upper end of the thigh bone doesn't sit inside the socket of the pelvis properly.’
      • ‘It is very important that their advice is followed to avoid complications or dislocation of the new joint.’
      • ‘The mechanism of most spinal cord injuries is spinal fracture or dislocation.’
      • ‘Several studies have reported the presence of excessive hip capsular laxity associated with previous hip dislocation or subluxation.’
      • ‘A plain film of the right calf was negative for fracture, dislocation or radiopaque foreign bodies.’
      sprain, twist, strain, rick, crick, dislocation
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    2. 1.2Crystallography [count noun]A displacement of part of a crystal lattice structure.
      ‘dislocations are present due to the accidents of imperfect growth’
      • ‘The diversity of slip planes leads to rather irregular wavy slip bands in deformed crystals, as the dislocations can readily move from one type of plane to another by cross slip, provided they share a common slip direction.’
      • ‘Trapped dislocations in the crystal lattice were observed even when the average grain size was as small as 10 nanometers.’
      • ‘There are dislocations in the crystalline structure which contain free silver ions, known as sensitivity centers.’
      • ‘An insertion or deletion creates either a 00 or a 11-a flaw much like a dislocation in a crystal.’
      • ‘This zero intensity point is equivalent to a dislocation on a crystal lattice.’


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from medieval Latin dislocatio(n-), from the verb dislocare (see dislocate), based on Latin locare to place.