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displacement

Noun

1 an event in which something is displaced without rotation [syn: shift]
2 act of taking the place of another especially using underhanded tactics [syn: supplanting]
3 the act of uniform movement [syn: translation]
4 (chemistry) a reaction in which an elementary substance displaces and sets free a constituent element from a compound [syn: displacement reaction]
5 (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one
6 to move something from its natural environment [syn: deracination]
7 act of removing from office or employment

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English

Etymology

déplacement.

Noun

  1. The act of displacing, or the state of being displaced; a putting out of place.
    "Unnecessary displacement of funds." -A. Hamilton.
    "The displacement of the sun by parallax." -Whewell.
  2. The quantity of anything, as water, displaced by a floating body, as by a ship, the weight of the displaced liquid being equal to that of the displacing body.
  3. The process of extracting soluble substances from organic material and the like, whereby a quantity of saturated solvent is displaced, or removed, for another quantity of the solvent.
  4. Moving the target to avoid an attack; dodging.
  5. A vector quantity which denotes distance with a directional component.

Related terms

Translations

the state of being displaced
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Extensive Definition

Displacement may refer to:

Physical sciences

Physics

Engineering

  • Engine displacement, the total volume of air/fuel mixture an engine can draw in during one complete engine cycle
  • Displacement (fluid), an object immersed in a fluid pushes it out of the way
  • Displacement has several meanings related to ships and boats
    • Displacement hull, where the moving hull's weight is supported by buoyancy alone and it must displace water from its path rather than planing on the water's surface
    • Displacement speed, a rule of thumb for non planing watercraft to estimate their theoretical maximum speed
    • Displacement (ship), several related measurements of a ship's weight
  • Displacement mapping, a technique in 3D computer graphics

Chemistry

Geology

Medicine

Social sciences

Sport

See also

displacement in Simple English: Displacement
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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