displacement

[dis-pleys-muh nt]

noun


Origin of displacement

First recorded in 1605–15; displace + -ment
Related formspre·dis·place·ment, noun
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Related Words for displacement

shift, move, rearrangement, movement, deracination

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British Dictionary definitions for displacement

displacement

noun

the act of displacing or the condition of being displaced
the weight or volume displaced by a floating or submerged body in a fluid
chem another name for substitution
the volume displaced by the piston of a reciprocating pump or engine
psychoanal the transferring of emotional feelings from their original object to one that disguises their real nature
geology the distance any point on one side of a fault plane has moved in relation to a corresponding point on the opposite side
astronomy an apparent change in position of a body, such as a star
maths the distance measured in a particular direction from a reference pointSymbol: s
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Word Origin and History for displacement
n.

1610s, "removal from office;" see displace + -ment. Physics sense is from c.1810.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

displacement in Medicine

displacement

[dĭs-plāsmənt]

n.

Removal from the normal location or position.
A defense mechanism in which there is an unconscious shift of emotions, affect, or desires from the original object to a more acceptable or immediate substitute.
A chemical reaction in which an atom, a radical, or a molecule replaces another in a compound.
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displacement in Science

displacement

[dĭs-plāsmənt]

Chemistry A chemical reaction in which an atom, radical, or molecule replaces another in a compound.
Physics A vector, or the magnitude of a vector, that points from an initial position (of a body or reference frame) to a subsequent position.
The weight or volume of a fluid displaced by a floating body, used especially as a measurement of the weight or bulk of ships.
The volume displaced by a single stroke of a piston in an engine or pump.
Geology
  1. The relative movement between the two sides of a geologic fault.
  2. The distance between the two sides of a fault. Also called dislocation
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