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

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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
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They were destined for one of many impromptu displacement camps, likely a school. Cara Anna, The Seattle Times, "‘It’s not safe anywhere:’ Mozambique cyclone scattered lives," 30 Mar. 2019 Lazere: The loss of affordable housing has led to displacement of long-term residents and a shameful level of homelessness. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Where the candidates for D.C. Council chair stand on the issues," 11 June 2018 On the heels of Cyclone Idai (where over 1000 people lost their lives) this cyclone will leave the people of Mozambique victim to catastrophic flooding, food insecurity, displacement, and obliteration of their homes and villages. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Celebrate the Commonwealth's 70th Anniversary," 26 Apr. 2019 To illustrate the concept of strand displacement, Qian et al, draw a simple analogy to two people, Amy and Adam, who have a few things in common and decide to date. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Caltech scientists use DNA tiles to play tic-tac-toe at the nanoscale," 29 Dec. 2018 While shifts in globalization and manufacturing have already caused significant economic displacement, upcoming changes in tech will likely be an even bigger driver of growth and disruption going forward. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "When towns lose a factory, what comes next?," 29 Nov. 2018 That latter point is why dirt bikes allow kids to (legally) progress the power and displacement ladder more quickly than ATVs. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Honda CRF50F Is the Quintessential Starter Dirt Bike," 28 Nov. 2018 Since her own girlhood, she's addressed issues of migration and displacement. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Let the Poet Warsan Shire Tell You About the "Bravest Girl in the World"," 8 Mar. 2019 In some cases, however, students may experience scholarship displacement even when there is no over-award. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "Why Getting Too Many College Scholarships Can Actually be a Problem," 10 Feb. 2019

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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

English Language Learners Definition of displacement

: the act of forcing people or animals to leave the area where they live
: the movement of something from its original or regular position
technical : the amount of water that is moved by an object when it is placed in water

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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