• WordNet 3.6
    • v evacuate excrete or discharge from the body
    • v evacuate empty completely "evacuate the bottle"
    • v evacuate create a vacuum in (a bulb, flask, reaction vessel)
    • v evacuate move out of an unsafe location into safety "After the earthquake, residents were evacuated"
    • v evacuate move people from their homes or country
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dunkirk, France is the site of the largest military evacuation in history. During World War II, some 340,000 Allied troops were evacuated to England. The retreat by sea took place between May 26 and June 4, 1940.
    • Evacuate Fig.: To make empty; to deprive. "Evacuate the Scriptures of their most important meaning."
    • Evacuate to expel stool from the bowels; to defecate.
    • Evacuate To let blood
    • Evacuate To make empty; to empty out; to remove the contents of; as, to evacuate a vessel or dish.
    • Evacuate To make void; to nullify; to vacate; as, to evacuate a contract or marriage.
    • Evacuate To remove; to eject; to void; to discharge, as the contents of a vessel, or of the bowels.
    • Evacuate To withdraw from; to quit; to retire from; as, soldiers from a country, city, or fortress. "The Norwegians were forced to evacuate the country."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • evacuate To make empty; cause to be emptied; free from anything contained: as, to evacuate a vessel; to evacuate the stomach by an emetic.
    • evacuate Hence To leave empty; vacate; depart from; quit: as, the enemy evacuated the place.
    • evacuate To make void or empty of something essential; deprive; strip.
    • evacuate To make void; nullify; make of no effect; vacate: as, to evacuate a marriage or a contract.
    • evacuate To void; discharge; eject: as, to evacuate excrementitious matter.
    • evacuate To produce an evacuation, as by letting blood.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Evacuate e-vak′ū-āt to throw out the contents of: to discharge: to withdraw from
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
l. evacuatus, p. p. of evacuare, to empty, nullify; e, out + vacuus, empty, vacare, to be empty. See Vacate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. e, out, vacuāre, -ātum, to empty—vacuus, empty.


In literature:

Fourteen Streams and Vryburg were now evacuated, the police detachments retiring from them on Kimberley.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
In one of the cases there was jaundice which disappeared after free evacuation of the bowels.
"Intestinal Ills" by Alcinous Burton Jamison
It was not till then that he ceased to doubt the entire evacuation of Moscow, and gave up all the hopes that he had built upon it.
"The Two Great Retreats of History" by George Grote
Then the work of evacuation was begun.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The consequence of this victory was the evacuation of the north of Italy by the French.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
Laing's Nek, evacuated by the Boers, 329.
"Lord Milner's Work in South Africa" by W. Basil Worsfold
The French were to evacuate not only Egypt, but the Neapolitan and Roman States.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
The Turks gave in and consented to evacuate the Morea.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Charleston was evacuated by the Confederate forces on the 18th of February, 1865.
"Life of Rear Admiral John Randolph Tucker" by James Henry Rochelle
The siege of Saragossa was abandoned, and Duhesme evacuated Catalonia.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane

In poetry:

Pa and Mummie went like that,
So when tourist takes his stand,
On his Borsolino hat
Soft as whispered love I land;
Then with cooing liquid vowels
I . . . evacuate my bowls.
"The Pigeons Of St. Marks" by Robert W Service

In news:

Fire forces evacuation of gas plant near Skellytown.
Leuzinger High School in Lawndale was evacuated today due to a natural gas main break that occurred at a construction site on the campus.
Residents evacuated after driver hits gas main.
(AP) — Several dozen residents near Douglas have evacuated because of a problem at a natural gas well.
The president of what island nation announced plans to buy more than 5,000 acres of land in Fiji in case rising waters force its 103,000 inhabitants to evacuate.
Evacuation order in place for residents in half-mile radius of derailment.
Forces go door to door in Hama telling people to evacuate before demolition begins, residents say.
A strip of Redondo Beach businesses was evacuated last night, as bomb squad technicians investigated an apparent hand grenade lying in front of a 99-cent store, officials said.
Gas station evacuated after hand grenade found.
Two college campuses, in North Dakota and Texas, were evacuated following.
Evacuation effective 9 am Monday.
Mandatory evacuation declared for Town of Jean Lafitte , Crown Point and Barataria.
Town of Jean Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner and Jefferson Parish President John Young announce a Mandatory Evacuation for residents in Lafitte, Crown Point, and Barataria effective at 9:00 AM Monday.
When Brooklyn residents were evacuated from their homes and forced to find a cot in a shelter to avoid Hurricane Sandy, they didn't think the facilities would be so nice or well staffed.
Isaac forces evacuation of pets from St John the Baptist , other parishes.

In science:

Support for partial evacuation of the bicone comes through kinematic models of the outflowing gas in the NLR (Crenshaw et al. 2000).
On the Nature of Intrinsic Absorption in Reddened Seyfert 1 Galaxies
The storage region of 4.5 cm radius is defined by a series of circular collimators inside an evacuated chamber.
The Muon Anomaly: Experiment and Theory
To guarantee that the normalization is well-behaved in evacuated zones, we work with the momenta Si rather than applying the normalization condition directly to the velocities.
A Numerical Method for General Relativistic Magnetohydrodynamics
The spacing between the measurement mirrors is determined by a stainless steel mounting plate, and the apparatus is in an evacuated chamber.
The ST7 Interferometer
These data were collected six hours after the chamber was evacuated, to allow the temperature to stabilize.
The ST7 Interferometer