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 in a sentence
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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