What does display mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term display:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. display, show(noun)

    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, showing(noun)

    something shown to the public

    "the museum had many exhibits of oriental art"

  3. display, presentation(noun)

    a visual representation of something

  4. display(noun)

    behavior that makes your feelings public

    "a display of emotion"

  5. display(noun)

    exhibiting openly in public view

    "a display of courage"

  6. display, video display(verb)

    an electronic device that represents information in visual form

  7. expose, exhibit, display(verb)

    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. display(verb)

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


  1. Display(v. t.)

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

  2. Display(n.)

    (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. Display(n.)

    (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. Display(n.)

    (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. display(Noun)

    A show or spectacle.

  2. display(Noun)

    An electronic screen that shows graphics or text.

  3. display(Verb)

    To spread out, to unfurl.

  4. display(Verb)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Display(verb)

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

  2. Display(verb)

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

  3. Display(verb)

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

  4. Display(verb)

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

  5. Display(verb)

    to make conspicuous by large or prominent type

  6. Display(verb)

    to discover; to descry

  7. Display(verb)

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

  8. Display(noun)

    an opening or unfolding; exhibition; manifestation

  9. Display(noun)

    ostentatious show; exhibition for effect; parade

  10. Origin: [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

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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


  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

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