- the act of displacing.
- the state of being displaced or the amount or degree to which something is displaced.
- the displacing in space of one mass by another.
- the weight or the volume of fluid displaced by a floating or submerged body.Compare Archimedes' principle.
- the linear or angular distance in a given direction between a body or point and a reference position.
- the distance of an oscillating body from its central position or point of equilibrium at any given moment.
- Machinery, Automotive.
- the volume of the space through which a piston travels during a single stroke in an engine, pump, or the like.
- the total volume of the space traversed by all the pistons.
- Nautical. the amount of water that a vessel displaces, expressed in displacement tons.
- Geology. the offset of rocks caused by movement along a fault.
- Psychoanalysis. the transfer of an emotion from its original focus to another object, person, or situation.
- electric displacement.
Origin of displacement
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Examples from the Web for displacement
For those who escape direct physical injury, there remain the ill effects of displacement and deprivation.Palestinian Kids’ PTSD Could Last Generations
August 18, 2014
The daily killing and displacement of civilians have not led to an international agreement to stop the conflict.After 3 Years of Brutal War Syria is Still Burning, but the World’s Attention Seems to Have Moved On.
March 25, 2014
Palestinians call their displacement from Syria “a second Nakba,” Ellis said.In Syria, Palestinian Refugees Made Refugees Again
October 18, 2013
The bloodiest instance of displacement occurred in Turkman Gate, a slum whose inhabitants were overwhelmingly Muslim.Hold Onto Your Penis
David Frum, Justin Green
November 29, 2012
This, from a country that lives with its own ghosts of dispossession and displacement.Canada And The Palestinians
November 29, 2012
She was a cruiser built in 1907 and having a displacement of 3,544 tons.
The displacement of these German fighting ships was 18,600 tons.
I was troubled with displacement of the womb and other female weakness.Treatise on the Diseases of Women
Lydia E. Pinkham
Its recent activity has caused some displacement of the sea bottom.
It affects any sort of displacement and any kind of congestion.
- 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
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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- 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.
- The relative movement between the two sides of a geologic fault.
- The distance between the two sides of a fault. Also called dislocation
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