Dictionary.com

displacement

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

noun

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of displacement

First recorded in 1605–15; displace + -ment
pre·dis·place·ment, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

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.
Get Online Help For Kids!