- to show or exhibit; make visible: to display a sign.
- to reveal; betray: to display fear.
- to unfold; open out; spread out: to display a sail.
- to show ostentatiously; flaunt.
- Printing. to give special prominence to (words, captions, etc.) by choice, size, and arrangement of type.
- Digital Technology. to output (data) on a screen.
- (of animals) to engage in a stereotyped behavior that conveys information to individuals of the same or another species.
- an act or instance of displaying; exhibition: a display of courage.
- an ostentatious show: a vulgar display of wealth.
- the giving of prominence to particular words, sentences, etc., by the choice, size, and arrangement of types and position, as in an advertisement, headline, or news story.
- printed matter thus displayed.
- an arrangement, as of merchandise, art objects, or flowers, designed to please the eye, attract buyers, etc.
- Digital Technology.
- the visual representation of the output of an electronic device.
- the portion of an electronic device that shows this representation, as a screen, lens, or reticle.
- Animal Behavior.
- a pattern of behavior, as posturing, calling, or exposing a color patch, that conveys information to individuals of the same or another species: a threat display.
- an instance of such behavior.
Origin of display
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Examples from the Web for display
Another 10 slaves threw themselves overboard in a display of defiance at the inhumanity.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
Promo shots for Dee Dee King, taken by famed rock photographer Bob Gruen, are also on display at the Storefront Gallery.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
So, the display—which has the aesthetic sophistication of a middle school science project—will go up for week.
Especially not when the display in question includes an angel falling from the sky in flames, surrounded by Biblical verses.
The Satanic Temple won a battle to put a display in the Florida state capitol, but the religious right is fighting a bigger war.
And what avails skill in music, if there is no chance to display it?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose.
For the first time, Mary was moved to the display of a slight confusion.Within the Law
Could she have reckoned upon weaning me from him by a display of his awkwardness?The Bacillus of Beauty
Now was the time to display their known courage and patience.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
- (tr) to show or make visible
- (tr) to disclose or make evident; revealto display anger
- (tr) to flaunt in an ostentatious wayto display military might
- (tr) to spread or open out; unfurl or unfold
- (tr) to give prominence to (headings, captions, etc) by the use of certain typefaces
- (intr) zoology to engage in a display
- the act of exhibiting or displaying; showa display of fear
- something exhibited or displayed
- an ostentatious or pretentious exhibitiona display of his accomplishments
- an arrangement of certain typefaces to give prominence to headings, captions, advertisements, etc
- printed matter that is eye-catching
- a device capable of representing information visually, as on a cathode-ray tube screen
- the information so presented
- zoology a pattern of behaviour in birds, fishes, etc, by which the animal attracts attention while it is courting the female, defending its territory, etc
- (modifier) relating to or using typefaces that give prominence to the words they are used to set
Word Origin and History for display
late 13c., "unfurl" (a banner, etc.), from Old French desploiir (Modern French déployer) "unfold, unfasten, spread out" (of knots, sealed letters, etc.), from Latin displicare "to scatter," from dis- "un-, apart" (see dis-) + plicare "to fold" (see ply (v.1)).
Properly of sails or flags (and unconnected to play); meaning "reveal, exhibit" is late 14c. Related: Displayed; displaying.
1580s, "description," from display (v.). Meaning "exhibition" is from 1680s.