What does display mean?

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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.

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. Jason Frizzell:

    Of course not every patient will [ display ] the same set of symptoms. Situational context may also play a role in aggression -- whether a patient feels fearful of places or people they do not recognize.

  2. Raymond Soneira:

    Foldable smartphones have been technically possible for quite a while, for the last several years both Samsung and LG have been showing flexible, bendable, and rollable OLED displays in their private suites at CES and at SID’s [Society for Information Display] Display Week conference.

  3. Susannah Maidment:

    It's exciting because it helps us understand how stegosaurs gradually acquired the features of their iconic body plan, bashanosaurus didn't have the giant plates extending along its back like Stegosaurus had ; instead it had much smaller, spine-like( armor), that arguably would have been more useful for defending itself against predators than the very thin but very flashy( armor) of Stegosaurus, which might have been more about display.

  4. Downey Police Chief Carl Charles:

    Ricky ... was a tremendous young man who loved serving the residents of Downey, his smile was infectious and his professionalism was always on display.

  5. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty:

    Investors will increasingly look forward to the 2017 iPhone cycle. We see several potentially revolutionary features, especially in display and battery life, that Apple could launch in just over a year from now.

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Translations for display

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  • показ, излагане, мониторBulgarian
  • espectacle, monitor, exhibirCatalan, Valencian
  • Bildschirm, anzeigen, Vorführung, Display, Anzeige, MonitorGerman
  • οθόνη, παρουσιάζω, παράσταση, προβάλλωGreek
  • (en) aparador, exhibir, exposición, espectáculo, monitorSpanish
  • kuvarEstonian
  • näyttö, monitoriFinnish
  • afficher, étaler, représentation, spectacleFrench
  • taispeántasIrish
  • taisbeanadhScottish Gaelic
  • էկրան, դիսփլեյ, ցուցասարք, մոնիտորArmenian
  • schermo, saggio, rappresentazione, videoItalian
  • ディスプレイ, 表示Japanese
  • paparanMalay
  • spektakel, display, beeldschermDutch
  • monitorPortuguese
  • дисплей, отображать, показывать, представление, экран, показ, демонстрация, монитор, отобразить, зрелище, шоу, выставлять, показать, выставитьRussian
  • zobraziťSlovak
  • display, monitor, bildskärm, uppvisningSwedish
  • ڈسپلےUrdu
  • trưng bày, biểu hiệnVietnamese

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    a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
    • A. tingle
    • B. ignominy
    • C. germ
    • D. whitewash

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