Definition of evacuation in English:



  • 1The action of evacuating a person or a place:

    ‘there were waves of evacuation during the blitz’
    [count noun] ‘a full-scale evacuation of the city centre’
    • ‘When such releases occurred, priority had been evacuation of patients and emergency care.’
    • ‘Data show that emergency evacuation from submarines due to severe cardiac problems or psychotic behavior is second in frequency to trauma and surgery.’
    • ‘No evacuation is required, so reporting the fire is considered unnecessary.’
    • ‘On Wednesday evening, we began an air evacuation of our ICUs that stretched into Friday afternoon.’
    • ‘The dismounting vehicles provide casualty evacuation and direct fire support.’
    • ‘Now an extra layer of protection - emergency medical evacuation and the ability to speak to a Western physician at any time - is available.’
    • ‘It is designed to provide quality medical care to victims of a disaster in the areas of triage, initial stabilization, definitive medical care, and evacuation.’
    • ‘An effective response to the fire and evacuation required a comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary approach.’
    • ‘Main outcome measures Estimates of matched odds ratios for the effect of helmet use on the risk of any head or neck injury and for people requiring evacuation by ambulance.’
    • ‘All wards were placed on standby for a complete hospital evacuation.’
    • ‘During the Korean war, US forces employed them for liaison, supply, casualty evacuation, and troop transportation.’
    • ‘During the battle for Shanghai, no preparations had been made for the defence or evacuation of the city.’
    • ‘Precisely because war is a continuation of politics by other means, simply stopping the shooting does not permit immediate military evacuation.’
    • ‘At Sanglah and Prima Medika hospitals, the MAE identified 13 patients who required aero medical evacuation.’
    • ‘I include aeromedical evacuation as part of this system.’
    • ‘The round-robin testing included weapon disassembly and assembly, a Humvee push and casualty evacuation.’
    • ‘If the fire cannot be contained and evacuation becomes necessary, perioperative team members must do so quickly.’
    • ‘During the war, the chaos and confusion caused by dealing with hundreds of casualties at one time required that an order of evacuation be used as a guideline.’
    • ‘Once clear of the runway, we executed our procedures for ground evacuation.’
    • ‘In addition to needing medical assistance, you may require emergency evacuation to your home country.’
    removal, clearance, shifting, expulsion, eviction, deportation
    clearance, emptying, depopulation
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  • 2The action of emptying the bowels or another bodily organ:

    ‘patients with a feeling of incomplete evacuation’
    [count noun] ‘those who required an evacuation of retained products’
    • ‘Women who needed treatment were given the choice of expectant management or surgical evacuation of retained products of conception under general anaesthesia.’
    • ‘Other associated symptoms include bloating, distension, mucus in the stool, urgency, and a feeling of incomplete evacuation.’
    • ‘Cut into one of the cross planks was a large hole over which you sat and performed the daily evacuation of one's bowels.’
    • ‘Tube thoracostomy may be required for evacuation of pneumothoraces, but focal dehiscence usually heals without surgical intervention.’
    • ‘I suffer frequently from indigestion, incomplete evacuation, passing hard, foul-smelling stools and gaseous distension.’
    • ‘Many service providers may not agree with the statement that dilatation and evacuation is the safest and most effective surgical method after 12 wk of pregnancy.’
    • ‘Most important is the recognition that different pathophysiological processes can result in the final common symptoms of decreased bowel frequency or impaired rectal evacuation.’
    • ‘A disposable enema or manual evacuation of faeces may be used in the treatment of faecal impaction.’
    • ‘The 686 women with retained products of conception were given the choice of surgical evacuation of the uterus or expectant management.’
    • ‘He also received this for bowel evacuation of lead in his stool.’
    • ‘For most of the 20th century spontaneous miscarriage was managed by evacuation of retained products of conception.’
    • ‘The same applies to the organs of evacuation which may become less efficient under the effect of the excessive demands made on them, with dire consequences to health.’
    • ‘Persistent elevation in sphincter tone requires more forceful evacuation of stool, resulting in repeated trauma to the fissure.’
    • ‘I'm analyzing the impact of my son's independent bowel evacuation as it relates to my closeness to him - or my control.’
    • ‘There may be in addition excessive straining at toilet, passing of hard pellet-like stools or a sense of incomplete evacuation.’
    • ‘In many parts of the Western world there is a strong preference among gynaecologists to rely on surgical evacuation for the management of miscarriages in the first trimester.’
    • ‘She also experienced a feeling of incomplete evacuation after passing a bowel movement, flatulence and bloating.’
    • ‘Call it what you will, dilatation and evacuation, or partial-birth abortion, it's still a gruesome procedure.’
    • ‘After dilation of the cervix with topical prostaglandins, a clean and quick evacuation was done in 10 minutes with no need for intubation.’
    • ‘Prolapse occurs with a bowel movement and is associated with an uncomfortable sensation of fullness and incomplete evacuation; patients complain of a lump at the anal verge.’
    voidance, voiding, opening, purging, drainage
    expulsion, ejection, discharge, excretion, passing, elimination, voidance, voiding, purging, emptying, draining
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    1. 2.1[count noun] A quantity of matter discharged from the bowels or another bodily organ:
      ‘the evacuations of cholera victims are almost colourless’
      bowel motion, bowel movement, stools, excrement, excreta, faeces, bodily waste, droppings, dung
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    2. 2.2technical The action of emptying a container of air, water, or other contents:
      ‘techniques for evacuation of gas combustion fumes’
      • ‘Caves can also develop by other processes: by weathering, the hydraulic action of waves, tectonic movements, and glacial melt water, and the evacuation of molten rock in lava flows.’