- a dislocating or being dislocated
- an imperfection in the atomic structure of a crystal, usually consisting of one or more missing or disordered atoms in the crystal lattice
- The act or process of dislocating or the state of having been dislocated: “the severe emotional dislocation experienced by millions of immigrants &ellipsis; who were forced to separate themselves forever from the &ellipsis; circle of people and places on which they had depended” (Doris Kearns Goodwin).
- Displacement of a body part, especially the temporary displacement of a bone from its normal position.
- Chemistry An imperfection in the crystal structure of a metal or other solid resulting from an absence of an atom or atoms in one or more layers of a crystal.
- Geology See displacement.
- The act of displacing, or the state of being displaced.
- (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.
- The act of dislocating, or putting out of joint; also, the condition of being thus displaced.
- (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.
Middle English, from Old French, from stem of Medieval Latin dislocatio, delocatio