• WordNet 3.6
    • n displacement act of taking the place of another especially using underhanded tactics
    • n displacement act of removing from office or employment
    • n displacement to move something from its natural environment
    • n displacement the act of uniform movement
    • n displacement an event in which something is displaced without rotation
    • n displacement (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one
    • n displacement (chemistry) a reaction in which an elementary substance displaces and sets free a constituent element from a compound
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The spray WD-40 got its name because there were forty attempts needed before the creation of the "water displacing" substance
    • Displacement The act of displacing, or the state of being displaced; a putting out of place. "Unnecessary displacement of funds.""The displacement of the sun by parallax."
    • Displacement (Chem) The process of extracting soluble substances from organic material and the like, whereby a quantity of saturated solvent is displaced, or removed, for another quantity of the solvent.
    • Displacement The quantity of anything, as water, displaced by a floating body, as by a ship, the weight of the displaced liquid being equal to that of the displacing body.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The water displacement product, WD-40, can be found in 80% of American homes
    • n displacement A putting out of place; removal from a former or usual or proper place, or from a position, dignity, or office.
    • n displacement A putting in the place of another or of something else; substitution in place; replacement by exchange.
    • n displacement In hydrostatics, the quantity of a liquid which is displaced by a solid body placed in it. If the weight of the displacement is greater than or equal to that of the body, the latter will float; if less, it will sink to the bottom, as a stone. A buoyant material sinks to a level where the pressure of the fluid displaced is sufficient to counterbalance its weight. The term is most frequently used in connection with ships: as, a ship of 3,000 tons displacement.
    • n displacement In pharmacy, a method by which the active principles of organic bodies are extracted from them. The body, reduced to a powder, is subjected to the action of a liquid which dissolves the soluble matter. When this has been sufficiently charged, it is displaced or replaced by a quantity of the same or of another liquid. Same as percolation.
    • n displacement In mech., the geometrical difference or exact relation between the position of a body at any moment and its initial position.
    • n displacement In veg. teratol., a malformation, in leaves, due to abnormal cohesion or fusion of parts which results in dislocation and other apparent changes in the form. Thus two fused leaves may appear like a single lobed leaf, a whorl may be reduced to two opposite leaves, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The WD in WD-40 stands for Water Displacer
    • n Displacement a putting out of place: the difference between the position of a body at a given time and that occupied at first: the quantity of water displaced by a ship afloat
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  • Paul De Man
    Paul De Man
    “Death is a displaced name for a linguistic predicament.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. déplacement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. desplacer—L. dis, neg., and place.


In literature:

Everywhere in North America the English stock has dominated or displaced French and Spanish competitors down to the Mexican frontier.
"Influences of Geographic Environment" by Ellen Churchill Semple
And her garments white as the beams of the moon was displaced by the action of the wind.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
In consequence of those lances Arjuna's diadem was displaced.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
There are dreams which take place almost without any displacement.
"Dream Psychology" by Sigmund Freud
A mend which shows no simple correction is not displaced by organisation.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein
Lionel Verner was displaced, and Frederick Massingbird was the heir.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
That, consequently, what was considered an increase of loan, is nothing but a displacement of loan.
"Essays on Political Economy" by Frederic Bastiat
Displacement, of course, is not possible with an exostosis.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
Enlil was afterwards displaced by Merodach of Babylon.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
Fortunately they are becoming too expensive to use and are being displaced by synthetic products more agreeable to a refined imagination.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
The most interesting case of this in visual perception is that of a disturbance or displacement of the organ by external force.
"Illusions" by James Sully
By pressing with the fingers the pus may be displaced from one compartment to the other.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
In naval architecture signifies the displacement formed in the water by the immersed bottom and sides of the vessel.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
A man should be measured by his book-displacement.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Move away from the window, and the displacement decreases.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
In another situation its partial displacement may impede the entrance of air into the larynx.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
It is seldom that a bone is displaced without injury to the connecting ligaments and membranes.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
In proportion as the acid gas is disengaged, it passes into the jar, and gets to the top of the quicksilver, which it displaces.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier
Any doubt that this was the engine room was displaced by the black metal smokestack that rose up through the cabin roof.
"The Ethical Engineer" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey
The President and cabinet are still at work on the one hundred clerks in the departments whom they wish to displace.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones

In poetry:

I have ordered him a bath,
Strong restoring powers it hath,
Which his illness must displace:--
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Your courteous lights in vain you waste,
Since Juliana here is come,
For she my mind hath so displac'd
That I shall never find my home.
"The Mower To The Glow-Worms" by Andrew Marvell
How fresh of life the younger one,
Half smiles, half tears, like rain in sun!
Her gravest mood could scarce displace
The dimples of her nut-brown face.
"The Singer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
- There is a rustling along the benches
As of dried leaves raked over…
And the old man lifts a shaking palsied hand,
Tucking the displaced paper about his knees.
"Flotsam" by Lola Ridge
Scarce had night the sun's gold touch displaced
From the vast Rotund and the neighboring dead
When her husband followed; bowed; half-passed,
With lip upcast;
Then, halting, sullenly said:
"Her Death And After" by Thomas Hardy
Then to her own sad heart muttered the Queen,
`Will the child kill me with her innocent talk?'
But openly she answered, `Must not I,
If this false traitor have displaced his lord,
Grieve with the common grief of all the realm?'
"Guinevere" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

A legal challenge may delay plans to open a secure residential facility for people with mental illness displaced by Tropical Storm Irene.
The incident ravaged seven units and displaced approximately 20 people at the Island Club Apartments on the city's west side.
People waiting in line for aid at an internally displaced camp in Somalia.
Displaced public housing residents staged a rally and sit-in May 28 to demand their unconditional right to return to their homes.
More than one in four New Orleanians is still displaced nearly five years after Katrina.
Natural or man-made disasters often occur rapidly and result in large numbers of displaced people, often gathered in urban areas.
All of us have probably used the equation that relates the output flow of a pump to its displacement (volume per revolution) and the input shaft speed (rpm).
Available displacements from 45 to 165 cc/rev.
All the worry and uncertainty, and all the questions for which we have no answers, may be displaced for a day as we recall and contemplate so much about which we have no doubt.
A displaced elderly Congolese woman stands outside her makeshift shelter during a food aid distribution exercise conducted by humanitarian agencies at a camp for the internally displaced in Mugunga, on November 24, 2012.
The number of internally displaced people grows.
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, established by the Norwegian Refugee Council, is the leading organization monitoring conflict-based internal displacement worldwide.
At least 20 displaced by fire in SF near corner of Bayshore Boulevard and Augusta Street.
A two-alarm fire at an Auburn four- plex early Sunday morning displaced 19 people.
After being displaced by the Convention Center expansion, the Asian Arts Initiative has found a temporary home at a former beauty salon.

In science:

Having computed separately the short- and long-wavelength contributions to the density and velocity (or displacement) fields, we combine them in Figure 12 using equation (24) to give the complete multiscale fields.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
In its elementary formulation, a particle moves through d dimensional space by jumping during each discrete time step over a displacement vector ~x, according to a given (localized) probability distribution W (~x).
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
For example, all random walks have z = zrw = 2, irrespective of the shape of the displacement distribution W (~x).
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
Therefore the particle performs a random walk with displacement fluctuations |nt − nt′ | ∼ (t − t′ )1/zrw at large time scales.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
If h⊥ < 0, i.e., the average of step width is negative, the displacement of the random walk will decrease in time, and |en | will approach to zero in proportion to enh⊥ .
Mechanism of synchronization in a random dynamical system
A small displacement in the source plane, ∆θs , is related to the corresponding displacement in the lens plane, ∆θ , through ∆θs = M−1 · ∆θ , where M is the inverse magnification.
Beware the Non-uniqueness of Einstein Rings
Some coherence is needed, and the only way to simulate it, in a GOE context, is through a constant displacement, c, of all matrix elements.
Spectroscopy with random and displaced random ensembles
Percentage of J = 0 ground states as a function of displacement c.
Spectroscopy with random and displaced random ensembles
Technically, we can continue to employ j j scheme using the LS displacement calculated once and for all.
Spectroscopy with random and displaced random ensembles
Here x is a displacement variable and fext an external force.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
For small deformation amplitudes, the equations of motion of the active filament pair can be discussed in Monge representation, where the perpendicular displacement h(s) as a function of arclength s with 0 < s < L is considered.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
While the details of how these oscillations are generated still remain largely unknown, it is expected that motor proteins which undergo a chemical cycle and stochastically generate displacements and forces are the active elements involved.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
Now our aim is to estimate the error which would be introduced if the displacement is large.
How simple is simple pendulum
SHM motion, while large initial displacement will execute Non SHM.
How simple is simple pendulum
These modes correspond to shape oscillations, or surface excitations, because the motion is mainly concentrated near the surface, the latter being displaced in and out periodically.
Helium nanodroplets and trapped Bose-Einstein condensates as prototypes of finite quantum fluids