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Princeton's WordNet

  1. display, shownoun

    something intended to communicate a particular impression

    "made a display of strength"; "a show of impatience"; "a good show of looking interested"

  2. display, exhibit, showingnoun

    something shown to the public

    "the museum had many exhibits of oriental art"

  3. display, presentationnoun

    a visual representation of something

  4. displaynoun

    behavior that makes your feelings public

    "a display of emotion"

  5. displaynoun

    exhibiting openly in public view

    "a display of courage"

  6. display, video displayverb

    an electronic device that represents information in visual form

  7. expose, exhibit, displayverb

    to show, make visible or apparent

    "The Metropolitan Museum is exhibiting Goya's works this month"; "Why don't you show your nice legs and wear shorter skirts?"; "National leaders will have to display the highest skills of statesmanship"

  8. displayverb

    attract attention by displaying some body part or posing; of animals


  1. Displayverb

    (Computers) To output (results or data) in a visible manner on the screen of a monitor, CRT, or other device.

  2. Displaynoun

    (Electronics) An electronic device on which the output signal of another electronic device may be presented in a visual form; -- also called display device. Typically the display device it is the screen of a cathode-ray tube, as in a computer monitor, but other forms of visual display such as LED or liquid crystal devices are also used. The printed output from a computer or other device is not considered as a display.

  3. Displaynoun

    (Computers) The output signal from a computer program, displayed on a display device. The displayed signal may consist of letters, numbers, or any graphical image.

  4. Displaynoun

    (Biology) a pattern of behavior, such as showing a body part to another animal, by which one animal conveys information to another, as for mating or defense.


  1. displaynoun

    A show or spectacle.

  2. displaynoun

    An electronic screen that shows graphics or text.

  3. displayverb

    To spread out, to unfurl.

  4. displayverb

    To show conspicuously; to exhibit; to demonstrate; to manifest.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Displaynoun

    An exhibition of any thing to view.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Our enobled understandings take the wings of the morning to visit the world above us, and have a glorious display of the highest form of created excellencies. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. c. 2.

    We can with the greatest coldness behold the stupendous displays of omnipotence, and be in transports at the puny essays of human skill. Spectator, №. 626.

  2. To DISPLAYverb

    Etymology: deplier, desplayer, French.

    The northern wind his wings did broad display
    At his command, and reared him up light. Fairy Queen.

    Say, how this instrument of love began;
    And in immortal strains display the fan. John Gay.

    You speak not like yourself, who ever yet
    Have stood to charity, and display’d th’ effects
    Of disposition gentle. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Thou heav’n’s alternate beauty can’st display,
    The blush of morning, and the milky way. Dryden.

    The works of nature, and the words of revelation, display truth to mankind in characters so visible, that those, who are not quite blind, may read. John Locke.

    The storm the dark Lycæan groves display’d,
    And first to light expos’d the sacred shade. Alexander Pope, Statius.

    He carves, displays, and cuts up to a wonder. Spectator.

    The other messenger,
    Whose welcome I perceiv’d had poison’d mine,
    Being the very fellow which of late
    Display’d so saucily against your highness. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    They are all couched in a pit, hard by Herne’s oak, with obscured lights; which, at the very instant of Falstaff’s and our meeting, they will at once display to the night. William Shakespeare.


  1. display

    A display is a visual presentation of information or data, typically presented on a screen, monitor, sign, or exhibit. It can also refer to the act of showing or exhibiting something for others to see. Displays can be used for various purposes such as conveying information, advertising, entertainment, or instruction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Displayverb

    to unfold; to spread wide; to expand; to stretch out; to spread

  2. Displayverb

    to extend the front of (a column), bringing it into line

  3. Displayverb

    to spread before the view; to show; to exhibit to the sight, or to the mind; to make manifest

  4. Displayverb

    to make an exhibition of; to set in view conspicuously or ostentatiously; to exhibit for the sake of publicity; to parade

  5. Displayverb

    to make conspicuous by large or prominent type

  6. Displayverb

    to discover; to descry

  7. Displayverb

    to make a display; to act as one making a show or demonstration

  8. Displaynoun

    an opening or unfolding; exhibition; manifestation

  9. Displaynoun

    ostentatious show; exhibition for effect; parade

  10. Etymology: [OE. displaien, desplaien, OF. despleier, desploier, F. dployer; pref. des- (L. dis-) + pleier, ploier, plier, F. ployer, plier, to fold, bend, L. plicare. See Ply, and cf. Deploy, Splay.]


  1. Display

    Display is a form of animal behaviour, linked to survival of the species in various ways. One example of display used by some species can be found in the form of courtship, with the male usually having a striking feature that is distinguished by colour, shape or size, used to attract a female. In other instances, species may exhibit territorial display behaviour, in order to preserve a foraging or hunting territory for its family or group. A third form is exhibited by tournament species in which males will fight in order to gain the 'right' to breed.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Display

    dis-plā′, v.t. to unfold or spread out: to exhibit: to set out ostentatiously: (print.) to make prominent by large type, wide spacing, &c.—n. a displaying or unfolding: exhibition: ostentatious show.—p.adj. Displayed′, unfolded: spread: printed in prominent letters: (her.) erect, with wings expanded, as a bird.—n. Display′er. [O. Fr. despleierdes (= L. dis), neg., and plier, ploier—L. plicāre, to fold; doublet, deploy. See Ply.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. display

    In military deception, a static portrayal of an activity, force, or equipment intended to deceive the adversary

Editors Contribution

  1. display

    A type of structure which enables visibility.

    Display boards are used in various airports and on roads etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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  1. display

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'display' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2343

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'display' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3787

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'display' in Nouns Frequency: #850

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'display' in Verbs Frequency: #367

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of display in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of display in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of display in a Sentence

  1. Evan Saitta:

    Males typically invest more into their ornamentation than do females, so the larger wide plates were likely from males, the broad, thin structure of the plates and their positioning on the back of the animal suggests that they were used in sexual display, analogous to the tail of a peacock. The broad, wide plates likely made a continuous display surface along the animal's back to attract mates, like a billboard.

  2. Simon Clegg:

    (When) they put their country on display, they put their own sort of personal clout and power on display.

  3. Senator Harris:

    >( CNN) In Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate in Detroit, Tulsi Gabbard decided to drop her opposition research book right on Kamala Harris. . duval-3 { width :100 % ; position : relative ; border : 1px solid # 979797 ; border-left : none ; border-right : none ; padding : 20px 0 ; box-sizing : border-box ; - webkit-box-sizing : border-box ; - moz-box-sizing : border-box ; margin : auto ; max-width : 660px ; }. duval-3 a { color : # 1a1a1a ; text-decoration : none ; font-size : 0 ; }. duval-3 a : hover { color : #d 9d9d9 ; text-decoration : underline ; - moz-text-decoration-color : #d 9d9d9 ; text-decoration-color : #d 9d9d9 ; }. duval-3 > a > * { vertical-align : top ; display : inline-block ; }. duval-3 > a > div { display : inline-block ; font-size :1.0666667 rem ; width : 80 % ; padding-top : 0px ; padding-left : 2 % ; }. duval-3 > a > img { width : 18 % ; height : auto ; } @media screen and( max-width :640 px) {. duval-3 > a > * { display : block ; margin : auto ; }. duval-3 > a > div { width : 100 % ; }. duval-3 > a > img { width : 50 % ; } } THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE ! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe ! Amid a broader conversation about criminal justice reform between the California senator and former Vice President Joe Biden, the moderators turned to the Hawaii congresswoman. And she unloaded : but I'm deeply concerned about this record. There are too many examples to cite but Senator Harris put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when Senator Harris was asked if Senator Harris ever smoked marijuana.

  4. Roberto Mukaro Borrero:

    Would others like their grandparents or great-grandparents to be dug up and put on display? How do you explain to your children why their ancestors are on display and not other groups?

  5. John Porgal:

    The angel's dead, we've been tolerant of their display. We didn't like it, but we tolerated it. You see what they did to our display.

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Translations for display

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  • монитор, излагане, показBulgarian
  • espectacle, exhibir, monitorCatalan, Valencian
  • Monitor, Display, Anzeige, anzeigen, Bildschirm, VorführungGerman
  • οθόνη, παράσταση, παρουσιάζω, προβάλλωGreek
  • espectáculo, exposición, (en) aparador, monitor, exhibirSpanish
  • kuvarEstonian
  • monitori, näyttöFinnish
  • spectacle, étaler, représentation, afficherFrench
  • taispeántasIrish
  • taisbeanadhScottish Gaelic
  • մոնիտոր, դիսփլեյ, ցուցասարք, էկրանArmenian
  • rappresentazione, schermo, saggio, videoItalian
  • ディスプレイ, 表示Japanese
  • paparanMalay
  • display, spektakel, beeldschermDutch
  • wyświetlaczPolish
  • monitorPortuguese
  • экран, отображать, зрелище, показывать, демонстрация, показать, показ, отобразить, монитор, шоу, выставить, выставлять, представление, дисплейRussian
  • zobraziťSlovak
  • monitor, uppvisning, bildskärm, displaySwedish
  • ڈسپلےUrdu
  • biểu hiện, trưng bàyVietnamese

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