• WordNet 3.6
    • v displace cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense "Move those boxes into the corner, please","I'm moving my money to another bank","The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
    • v displace cause to move, usually with force or pressure "the refugees were displaced by the war"
    • v displace terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position "The boss fired his secretary today","The company terminated 25% of its workers"
    • v displace take the place of or have precedence over "live broadcast of the presidential debate preempts the regular news hour","discussion of the emergency situation will preempt the lecture by the professor"
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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
    • Displace To change the place of; to remove from the usual or proper place; to put out of place; to place in another situation; as, the books in the library are all displaced .
    • Displace To crowd out; to take the place of. "Holland displaced Portugal as the mistress of those seas."
    • Displace To dislodge; to drive away; to banish. "You have displaced the mirth."
    • Displace To remove from a state, office, dignity, or employment; to discharge; to depose; as, to displace an officer of the revenue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The water displacement product, WD-40, can be found in 80% of American homes
    • displace To remove to a different place; put out of the usual or proper place: as, to displace books or papers.
    • displace To remove from any position, office, or dignity; depose: as, to displace an officer of government.
    • displace To disorder; disturb; spoil.
    • displace To take the place of; replace.
    • displace Synonyms To dislodge, oust, dismiss, discharge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The WD in WD-40 stands for Water Displacer
    • v.t Displace dis-plās′ to put out of place: to disarrange: to remove from a state, office, or dignity
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  • Paul De Man
    Paul De Man
    “Death is a displaced name for a linguistic predicament.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. dis-, + place,: cf. F. déplacer,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. desplacer—L. dis, neg., and place.


In literature:

The pure thoughts that sincere prayer will bring, displace the evil promptings of excited passion.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
But he never sought to outshine or displace him.
"Art in England" by Dutton Cook
In serious cases medical advice should be sought, as the womb may be displaced.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
It displaced everybody else throughout the State.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
All the old-time flowers are favorites there and refuse to be displaced by any newcomer.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
Displaced coloured leaf, &c., of tulip 302 161.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
Long-continued obstruction of the bowels or displacement resulting in death are preceded by enteritis.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Single line; parts displaced 711 299.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
Fame, riches, power, pleasure, all struggle in his bosom to displace the sentiment of love.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
But the operative effect of the shifting of the nodes is to displace backwards the eclipse seasons by about 20 days.
"The Story of Eclipses" by George Chambers

In poetry:

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
When that my friend pretendeth to a place.
I quit my interest, and leave it free:
But when thy grace
Sues for my heart, I thee displace;
Nor would I use a friend, as I use Thee.
"Unkindnesse" by George Herbert
Till the slayer be slain and the spring displace
The might of his arms with her rose-crowned bands,
Let her heart not gather a dream that is base:
Shadow her head with your golden hands.
"Ballade of Summer's Sleep" by Archibald Lampman
Your rays, that scarce assist the sight,
That pierce, but not displace the night;
That shine indeed, but nothing shew
Of all those various scenes below,
Bring no disturbance, rather prove
Incentives to a sacred love.
"The Secrets Of Divine Love Are To Be Kept" by William Cowper
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:

With electronic micrometers , the thread usually drives a sensing head over a scale or uses a rotary encoder as the displacement indicator.
Minor exterior damage from a fire displaced a family of three from its Burton mobile home Wednesday.
Use PWM for pressure compensation from a fixed-displacement pump.
This is a detailed engineering study of a pressure compensated system that uses a fixed-displacement pump, but no relief valves.
Tents are set up for displaced Iraqi Christian families in Burtulla, near Mosul , after a wave of killings by extremists.
About 20 people were displaced by a two-alarm fire on Second Street on Saturday morning, across the street from the scene of a fatal fire two years ago.
Artists and hipsters can bring dormant neighborhoods to life, but do they invite gentrification and displacement.
Revision of E1854 - 07 Standard Practice for Ensuring Test Consistency in Neutron -Induced Displacement Damage of Electronic Parts.
5 displaced in Newport News overnight house fire.
EL PASO — A Hurricane Katrina victim displaced to El Paso was found dead in his apartment on Fort Boulevard last Sunday.
Franklin election night fire displaces six residents.
ROGERS (November 29, 2012)—A Wednesday night house fire that firefighters say started in a chimney did significant damage to a two-story home and displaced the residents and their pets.
A fire at a residence hall for Ohio State University -Newark and Central Ohio Technical College has displaced about 40 students.
LOVELAND — Colorado State University veterinarians and veterinary students have so far examined 150 horses, 150 alpacas and llamas, donkeys, sheep, goats and calves that have been displaced by the massive High Park Fire.
A town home fire that began in a refrigerator Saturday night displaced a family of four and caused $80,000 damage, officials said.

In science:

Plasma oscillations At every displacement of the electron gas relative to subsystem of ions in solid body, the returning electric field appears.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
For arbitrary ξ we expect that the average mean displacement squared in d = 1 will scale as hRT (L)i2 ∝ Lγ (ξ ) .
Solvable model of a polymer in random media with long ranged disorder correlations
Plot of lnhℓ2 i versus ln t, hℓ2 i ≡ L2 being the chemical mean-square displacement of a single random walker calculated over 2000 two-dimensional percolation clusters at criticality.
II. Territory covered by N random walkers on stochastic fractals. The percolation aggregate
Consider the fluid displacements shown in Figure 10(b ).
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
If the fluid element is displaced to point A, it is heavier than its new surroundings and is pushed back by the buoyancy of the interface.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts