Definition of evacuation in US English:



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

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

    • ‘Women who needed treatment were given the choice of expectant management or surgical evacuation of retained products of conception under general anaesthesia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She also experienced a feeling of incomplete evacuation after passing a bowel movement, flatulence and bloating.’
    • ‘Tube thoracostomy may be required for evacuation of pneumothoraces, but focal dehiscence usually heals without surgical intervention.’
    • ‘A disposable enema or manual evacuation of faeces may be used in the treatment of faecal impaction.’
    • ‘I suffer frequently from indigestion, incomplete evacuation, passing hard, foul-smelling stools and gaseous distension.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He also received this for bowel evacuation of lead in his stool.’
    • ‘Call it what you will, dilatation and evacuation, or partial-birth abortion, it's still a gruesome procedure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Persistent elevation in sphincter tone requires more forceful evacuation of stool, resulting in repeated trauma to the fissure.’
    • ‘Most important is the recognition that different pathophysiological processes can result in the final common symptoms of decreased bowel frequency or impaired rectal evacuation.’
    • ‘For most of the 20th century spontaneous miscarriage was managed by evacuation of retained products of conception.’
    • ‘Cut into one of the cross planks was a large hole over which you sat and performed the daily evacuation of one's bowels.’
    • ‘The 686 women with retained products of conception were given the choice of surgical evacuation of the uterus or expectant management.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other associated symptoms include bloating, distension, mucus in the stool, urgency, and a feeling of incomplete evacuation.’
    • ‘After dilation of the cervix with topical prostaglandins, a clean and quick evacuation was done in 10 minutes with no need for intubation.’
    emptying, emptying out, voidance, voiding, opening, purging, drainage
    expulsion, ejection, discharge, excretion, passing, elimination, voidance, voiding, emptying, emptying out, purging, draining
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    1. 2.1 A quantity of matter discharged from the bowels or another bodily organ.
      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.
      • ‘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.’