displacement

[ dis-pleys-muh nt ]
/ dɪsˈpleɪs mənt /

noun


Nearby words

  1. dispiteous,
  2. displace,
  3. displaced,
  4. displaced homemaker,
  5. displaced person,
  6. displacement activity,
  7. displacement current,
  8. displacement hull,
  9. displacement ton,
  10. displacement tonnage

Origin of displacement

First recorded in 1605–15; displace + -ment

Related formspre·dis·place·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for displacement

displacement

/ (dɪsˈpleɪsmənt) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for displacement

displacement

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for displacement

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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Science definitions for displacement

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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