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From Old French evacuation, from Late Latin ēvacuātiō.



evacuation (countable and uncountable, plural evacuations)

  1. The act of evacuating; leaving a place in an orderly fashion, especially for safety.
  2. Withdrawal of troops or civils from a town, fortress, etc.
  3. The act of emptying, clearing of the contents, or discharging, including creating a vacuum.
  4. Voidance of any matter by the natural passages of the body or by an artificial opening; defecation; also, a diminution of the fluids of an animal body by cathartics, venesection, or other means.
    • 1959, Anthony Burgess, Beds in the East (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 561:
      A large evening meal, deep sleep in a better bed than hers, a full evacuation, a hot bath (her own house had only a cold shower), a breakfast of bacon and eggs and sausages from Crabbe's boy — these had smoothed and restored her.
  5. That which is evacuated or discharged; especially, a discharge by stool or other natural means.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Quincy to this entry?)
  6. Abolition; nullification.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hooker to this entry?)

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Borrowed from Latin ēvacuātiō.


evacuation f (oblique plural evacuations, nominative singular evacuation, nominative plural evacuations)

  1. (medicine) evacuation (of the bowels)