Dictionary.com

displacement

[ dis-pleys-muhnt ]
/ dɪsˈpleɪs mənt /
Save This Word!

noun

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON PARENTHESES AND BRACKETS APLENTY!

Set some time apart to test your bracket symbol knowledge, and see if you can keep your parentheses, squares, curlies, and angles all straight!
Question 1 of 7
Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of displacement

First recorded in 1605–15; displace + -ment

OTHER WORDS FROM displacement

pre·dis·place·ment, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for displacement

British Dictionary definitions for displacement

displacement
/ (dɪsˈpleɪsmənt) /

noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical 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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific 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
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
See Today's Synonym