displacement

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noun dis·place·ment \(ˌ)dis-ˈplā-smənt, di-ˈsplā-\

Definition of displacement

  1. 1 :  the act or process of displacing :  the state of being displaced <a storm that caused the displacement of thousands of people>

  2. 2a physics :  the volume or weight of a fluid (as water) displaced (see displace 2a) by a floating body (as a ship) of equal weightb :  the difference between the initial position of something (as a body or geometric figure) and any later positionc 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. 3 psychology a :  the redirection of an emotion or impulse from its original object (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

  1. The war has caused the displacement of thousands of people.

  2. displacements in the Earth's crust

  3. soil displacement caused by farming

Origin and Etymology of displacement

see displace


First Known Use: 1611


Medical Dictionary

displacement

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noun dis·place·ment \-ˈplā-smənt\

Medical Definition of displacement

  1. 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>b:  percolation 3

  2. 2:  the quantity in which or the degree to which something is displaced

  3. 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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