displacement

noun
dis·​place·​ment | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈplā-smənt How to pronounce displacement (audio) , di-ˈsplā- \

Definition of displacement

1 : the act or process of displacing : the state of being displaced a storm that caused the displacement of thousands of people
2a physics : the volume or weight of a fluid (such as water) displaced (see displace sense 2a) by a floating body (such as a ship) of equal weight
b : the difference between the initial position of something (such as a body or geometric figure) and any later position
c mechanical engineering : the volume displaced by a piston (as in a pump or an engine) in a single stroke also, automotive vehicles : the total volume so displaced by all the pistons in an internal combustion engine
3 psychology
a : the redirection of an emotion or impulse from its original object (such as an idea or person) to another the displacement of his emotions
b : the substitution of another form of behavior for what is usual or expected especially when the usual response is nonadaptive or socially inappropriate

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
Recent Examples on the Web Reports show tourism is picking back up in remote villages, and farmers who’ve faced frequent displacement are finally returning to their fields. Haziq Qadri, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 May 2022 In some countries, the fallout from the war in Ukraine is only adding to the woes of those already suffering from turmoil, displacement or poverty. Mariam Fam, Chicago Tribune, 2 May 2022 Using data from King George Island’s research stations, as well as stations from the global satellite navigation system, the researchers were able to measure the ground displacement. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 2 May 2022 But recently, the U.S. refugee program has failed to respond to displacement crises, and U.S. admissions of refugees have reached historic lows. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 27 Apr. 2022 The humanitarian crisis and mass displacement will continue to grow so long as the war continues, Mantoo warned, calling for $1.85 billion in financial support so the agency and its partners can help support refugees and affected countries. Robert Hart, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The city is delivering an unprecedented amount of funding to boost affordable housing through federal coronavirus dollars, delivering money for four affordable housing projects as part of a broader shift to focus on housing and combat displacement. The Indianapolis Star, 26 Apr. 2022 Jones says this displacement may be exacerbated by the pandemic. Justin Raystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2022 Some $22 billion of those dollars remain unspent, and could theoretically be used to help people facing possible displacement from spikes in rent, some experts say. Abby Vesoulis, Time, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of displacement

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for displacement

see displace

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displacement

noun
dis·​place·​ment | \ -ˈplā-smənt How to pronounce displacement (audio) \

Medical Definition of displacement

1a : the act or process of removing something from its usual or proper place or the state resulting from this : dislocation the displacement of a knee joint
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 acceptable
c : 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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