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."

Definitions of evacuation
  1. noun
    the act of evacuating; leaving a place in an orderly fashion; especially for protection
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    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
  2. noun
    the act of removing the contents of something
    synonyms: emptying, voidance
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    drain, drainage
    emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it
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    remotion, removal
    the act of removing
  3. noun
    the bodily process of discharging waste matter
    synonyms: 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
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    discharge, emission, expelling
    any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body
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