Definition of displacement
2 a : the volume or weight of a fluid (as water) displaced by a floating body (as a ship) of equal weight b : the difference between the initial position of something (as a body or geometric figure) and any later position c : the volume displaced by a piston (as in a pump or an engine) in a single stroke; also : the total volume so displaced by all the pistons in an internal combustion engine (as in an automobile)
3 a : the redirection of an emotion or impulse from its original object (as an idea or person) to another b : the substitution of another form of behavior for what is usual or expected especially when the usual response is nonadaptive —called also displacement activity, displacement behavior
Examples of displacement
The war has caused the displacement of thousands of people.
displacements in the Earth's crust
soil displacement caused by farming
First Known Use of displacement
Medical Definition of displacement
2: the quantity in which or the degree to which something is displaced
3a: the redirection of an emotion or impulse from its original object (as an idea or person) to something that is more acceptableb: sublimation 2c: the substitution of another form of behavior for what is usual or expected especially when the usual response is nonadaptive—called also displacement activity, displacement behavior
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