- 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.
- 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.
Related formspre·dis·place·ment, noun
Examples from the Web for displacement
For those who escape direct physical injury, there remain the ill effects of displacement and deprivation.
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.|Abdulhamid Qabbani|March 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Palestinians call their displacement from Syria “a second Nakba,” Ellis said.In Syria, Palestinian Refugees Made Refugees Again|Matt Surrusco|October 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The bloodiest instance of displacement occurred in Turkman Gate, a slum whose inhabitants were overwhelmingly Muslim.
This, from a country that lives with its own ghosts of dispossession and displacement.
When we could no longer see, the usual levitations, violent knocking, and displacement of furniture had their own way.Metapsychical Phenomena|J. Maxwell
She presented no evidence of local uterine congestion, inflammation, ulceration, or displacement.Sex in Education|Edward H. Clarke
The value of gravity is assumed approximately constant, and independent of the particle's displacement.The Energy System of Matter|James Weir
The law of atmospheric resistance is as the area of displacement, and the velocity with which that displacement is effected.Gunnery in 1858|William Greener
The amount of the displacement, as measured by the vertical distance between the ends of a parted layer, is the throw (cd).The Elements of Geology|William Harmon Norton
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Science definitions for displacement
- The relative movement between the two sides of a geologic fault.
- The distance between the two sides of a fault. Also called dislocation