• WordNet 3.6
    • n evacuation the act of evacuating; leaving a place in an orderly fashion; especially for protection
    • n evacuation the act of removing the contents of something
    • n evacuation the bodily process of discharging waste matter
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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.
    • Evacuation Abolition; nullification.
    • Evacuation That which is evacuated or discharged; especially, a discharge by stool or other natural means.
    • Evacuation The act of emptying, clearing of the contents, or discharging.
    • Evacuation 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.
    • Evacuation Withdrawal of troops from a town, fortress, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n evacuation The act of evacuating or exhausting; the act of emptying or clearing of contents; clearance by removal or withdrawal, as of an army or garrison: as, the evacuation of the bowels; the evacuation of a theater, or of a besieged town.
    • n evacuation A diminution of the fluids of an animal body by cathartics, venesection, or other means; depletion.
    • n evacuation Abolition.
    • n evacuation That which is evacuated or discharged; especially, a discharge by stool or other natural means: as, dark-colored evacuations.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Evacuation act of emptying out: a withdrawing from: that which is discharged
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. evacuatio,: cf. F. évacuation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. e, out, vacuāre, -ātum, to empty—vacuus, empty.


In literature:

Victory would have meant the evacuation of Basra, if not of Mesopotamia.
"In Mesopotamia" by Martin Swayne
In the morning, the rebels had evacuated their works, falling back for a better position, which they never found.
"History of the Eighty-sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, during its term of service" by John R. Kinnear
All of the preliminaries having been duly adjusted, it was decided that the evacuation should take place the next morning.
"Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-'61" by Abner Doubleday
During the next three days the evacuation took place amidst scenes of misery for the royalist refugees that baffle the imagination.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
We hear that Norfolk has been evacuated; but no details.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
Belle Ile was to be restored, and France would evacuate Hesse and Hanau.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
There will be an inner migration of Christian citizens into the positions evacuated by Jews.
"The Jewish State" by Theodor Herzl
In consequence of this a move was made to a more sheltered quarter and the unsafe dugouts were evacuated.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
Their approach caused a certain amount of alarm, and at first the evacuation of the town was proposed.
"The Second Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the South African War" by Cecil Francis Romer and Arthur Edward Mainwaring
The evacuation is going on quietly.
"Reminiscences of Two Years in the United States Navy" by John M. Batten

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:

About 100 people were evacuated while repairs were made.
A half-dozen homes were evacuated in Atlantic City after a gas main break on Thursday morning.
Homes evacuated after gas main break.
Homes are being evacuated in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia after a gas main break on Monday morning.
The evacuations are happening in the 1400 block of North 52nd Street.
Emergency crews say more than 85 people checked in at evacuation centers set up at Dayton High School and Dayton Valley Senior Center.
The folks most affected by the evacuations were the senior citizens at a nearby retirement home.
Several Wilmington residents were evacuated from their homes after a car struck a residential gas meter , causing a natural gas leak.
Truck hits gas meter in Bordentown, prompts heavy gas leak and evacuation.
An 18-wheeler struck a gas meter on a boarding house behind the Town and Country Diner on Route 130 after 5 pm today, prompting a heavy gas leak and the evacuation of the boarding house.
Minor evacuations were ordered for a short time early Wednesday in south suburban Merrionette Park after a gas leak triggered a level one hazmat situation.
MIAMI – A concourse at Miami International Airport was partially evacuated after a man allegedly joked that he had dynamite in his luggage.
Three houses in Joppa were evacuated Monday night after what looked like a bomb was found in a garage.
In light of this past weekend's tsunami scare, I'm sure a lot of people are looking into living higher and/or farther inland so they don't have to evacuate every time the sirens go off.
City declares state of emergency, asks residents in low-lying areas to prepare to evacuate.

In science:

According to this scheme, the anode strips are covered by resistive pads connected to the strips by intermediate resistors placed horizontally. Signals coming from crossing particles are transmitted to the strips by capacitive coupling, while the charges are evacuated by the intermediate resistor.
New pixelized Micromegas detector with low discharge rate for the COMPASS experiment
The stainless steel, octagon-shaped science chamber (Fig. 1) is evacuated by a combination of an ion getter pump and a TiSub pump.
An apparatus for immersing trapped ions into an ultracold gas of neutral atoms
These dimmings could result from the plasma evacuation behind the erupting flux rope, similarly to the stronger core dimmings, therefore justifying a pseudo-wave interpretation.
On the Nature and Genesis of EUV Waves: A Synthesis of Observations from SOHO, STEREO, SDO, and Hinode
The intensity map (Fig. 15) shows the radio lobes to have evacuated cavities, and the arms of increased X-ray emissivity are suggestive of shock heating by the lobes.
The jet-cloud interacting radio galaxy PKS B2152-699. I. Structures revealed in new deep radio and X-ray observations
The feedback associated with this star formation event is strong enough to drive a near-spherical overpressurised bubble outwards into the infalling gas, temporarily evacuating the central region of most of its gas and halting the infall within the expanding cavity that is created.
Thermal instabilities in cooling galactic coronae: fuelling star formation in galactic discs