electric displacement

noun Electricity.

the part of the electric field that is determined solely by free charges, without reference to the dielectric properties of the surrounding medium: measured in coulombs per square meter. Symbol: D

Nearby words

  1. electric circuit,
  2. electric constant,
  3. electric current,
  4. electric dipole moment,
  5. electric discharge,
  6. electric eel,
  7. electric eye,
  8. electric field,
  9. electric field intensity,
  10. electric field strength

Origin of electric displacement

First recorded in 1880–85

Also called displacement.

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British Dictionary definitions for electric displacement

electric displacement


physics the electric flux density when an electric field exists in free space into which a dielectric is introducedSymbol: D Also called: electric flux density
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Science definitions for electric displacement

electric displacement

See electric flux density.
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