verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- displacement hull,
- displacement ton,
- displacement tonnage,
- display ad,
- display advertisement,
- display advertising,
- display type,
Origin of display
Examples from the Web for displaying
Passersby passed by, displaying the full pageantry of West Village life.Well, La Ti Da: Stephin Merritt’s Winning Little Words of Scrabble|David Bukszpan|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Owning and displaying any flag was the right of every U.S. citizen.
Displaying equal prowess with their words, in the end it came down to the crowd, whose energy Arsonal channeled with precision.
Department stores opened to cater to an increasingly powerful middle class that no longer felt shy about displaying its wealth.
He took great joy in displaying his Nobel Prize—kind of like a schoolboy showing off his prizes.Sebastian Barry, Ireland’s Greatest Living Writer, Speaks for the Voiceless|Allen Barra|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While displaying his maniacal agility, he roared out for any "darned red skunk" to show himself and fight him.Buckskin Mose|Buckskin Mose
Toc suddenly staggered back; his arm flew up, displaying a bloody tooth with three enormous fangs.The Lonely Island|R.M. Ballantyne
This necessitated his constantly turning from side to side, displaying first this, and then the other side of his head.From the Rapidan to Richmond and the Spottsylvania Campaign|William Meade Dame
Paris was not backward in displaying its knowledge of English."And they thought we wouldn't fight"|Floyd Gibbons
After that first dinner also she had a talk with her son; which resulted in his displaying a common sense that did him credit.Dorothy's Travels|Evelyn Raymond
- 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
Word Origin 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.