dislocation

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle English, from Old French, a borrowing from Medieval Latin dislocātiō, delocatio

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪsləʊˈkeɪʃən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun[edit]

dislocation (countable and uncountable, plural dislocations)

  1. The act of displacing, or the state of being displaced.
    • 1961 December, “Planning the London Midland main-line electrification”, in Trains Illustrated, page 722:
      At large stations such as Euston and Birmingham New Street, it is essential to compress the station reconstruction, re-signalling and overhead wiring into the shortest possible time, not only to minimise the period of traffic dislocation but also to ensure completion by the time the remainder of the lines is electrified.
  2. (geology) The displacement of parts of rocks or portions of strata from the situation which they originally occupied. Slips, faults, and the like, are dislocations.
  3. The act of dislocating, or putting out of joint; also, the condition of being thus displaced.
  4. (materials) A linear defect in a crystal lattice. Because dislocations can shift within the crystal lattice, they tend to weaken the material, compared to a perfect crystal.
  5. (grammar) A sentence structure in which a constituent that could otherwise be either an argument or an adjunct of a clause occurs outside of and adjacent to the clause boundaries. For example, the sentence, "My father, he is a good man", is a left dislocation because the constituent "My father" has been moved to the left of the clause "he is a good man". See dislocation.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Medieval Latin dislocātiō.

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dislocation f (plural dislocations)

  1. (linguistics, grammar) dislocation

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