displacement meaning

[ dis'pleismənt ] Pronunciation:   "displacement" in a sentence
  • Noun: displacement  dis'pleysmunt
    1. Act of taking the place of another especially using underhanded tactics
      - supplanting 
    2. An event in which something is displaced without rotation
      - shift 
    3. The act of uniform movement
      - translation 
    4. (chemistry) a reaction in which an elementary substance displaces and sets free a constituent element from a compound
      - displacement reaction 
    5. (psychiatry) a defence mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one 
    6. To move something from its natural environment
      - deracination 
    7. Act of removing from office or employment

    Derived forms: displacements

    Type of: chemical reaction, defence [Brit, Cdn], defence mechanism [Brit, Cdn], defence reaction [Brit, Cdn], defense [US], defense mechanism [US], defense reaction [US], motion, move, movement, reaction, rejection, replacement, replacing, translation

    Encyclopedia: Displacement

  • [Electronics]
    1. A change in the position of a point, particle, figure, or body.
    2. The vector representing a change in the position of a point, particle, figure, or body.
    3. Movement of a member through a specified distance.

  • [Medicine]
    The process by which an emotional or behavioral response that is appropriate for one situation appears in another situation for which it is inappropriate. n
    a : 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
    a : 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 esp. when the usual response is nonadaptive

  • [Oil and gas]
    The lateral distance from the surface location to the primary target.


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  1. displacement of the lens is not uncommon.
  2. the dashpot displacement relaxes exponentially.
  3. we encounter only displacements of the first type.
  4. this force is the same direction as the displacement.
  5. the reason of her sudden displacement now appeared.

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