Definition of dislocation in US English:



  • 1Disturbance from a proper, original, or usual place or state.

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


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