An evacuation happens when people are removed from or leave a dangerous place. An approaching hurricane sometimes results in the evacuation of islands and coastal towns.

A fire drill or bomb threat can cause the evacuation of a school building, and during World War II there were frequent evacuations of buildings and areas of cities including London, when people hurried into shelters. Another meaning of evacuation is the emptying of something, whether a container or a human body. This relates to the word's original meaning, "discharge of blood from the body," from the Latin evacuare, "to empty."

Primary Meanings of evacuation

the act of evacuating; leaving a place in an orderly fashion; especially for protection
the act of removing the contents of something
Full Definitions of evacuation

n the act of evacuating; leaving a place in an orderly fashion; especially for protection

an amphibious evacuation in World War II (1940) when 330,000 Allied troops had to be evacuated from the beaches in northern France in a desperate retreat under enemy fire
medevac, medical evacuation, medivac
the evacuation of persons (usually by air transportation) to a place where they can receive medical care
Type of:
the act of withdrawing

n the act of removing the contents of something

emptying, voidance
drain, drainage
emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it
Type of:
remotion, removal
the act of removing

n the bodily process of discharging waste matter

elimination, excreting, excretion, voiding
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incontinence, incontinency
involuntary urination or defecation
micturition, urination
the discharge of urine
bm, bowel movement, movement
a euphemism for defecation
enuresis, urinary incontinence
inability to control the flow of urine and involuntary urination
haematochezia, hematochezia
passage of stools containing blood (as from diverticulosis or colon cancer or peptic ulcer)
leak, making water, passing water, wetting
a euphemism for urination
passing small stones with the urine
nocturia, nycturia
excessive urination at night; especially common in older men
production of an abnormally small amount of urine
pee, peeing, piss
informal terms for urination
urochesia, urochezia
passage of urine from the anus
Type of:
discharge, emission, expelling
any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body

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