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Meaning of display by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: dĭsplā', IPA: /dɪsˈpleɪ/, X-SAMPA: /dIs"pleI/
    • Rhymes: -eɪ


    From Middle English, from Old French despleier, desploier, from Medieval Latin displicare ( “to unfold, display” ), from Latin dis- ( “apart” ) + plicare ( “to fold” ) .


    display ( plural: displays )

    1. A show or spectacle .
    2. ( computing ) An electronic screen that shows graphics or text .


    display ( third-person singular simple present displays present participle displaying, simple past and past participle displayed )

    1. ( obsolete ) To spread out, to unfurl.
    2. ( transitive ): To show conspicuously; to exhibit; to demonstrate; to manifest .

    External links

    • display in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • display in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • display at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of display by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. to show, make visible or apparent

    2. National leaders will have to display the highest skills of statesmanship
    3. attract attention by displaying some body part or posing

    1. something shown to the public

    2. a visual representation of something

    3. an electronic device that represents information in visual form

    4. something intended to communicate a particular impression

    5. made a display of strength
    6. exhibiting openly in public view

    7. a display of courage
    8. behavior that makes your feelings public

    9. a display of emotion

    Definition of display by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Display v. t. [imp. & p. p. Displayed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Displaying.] [OE. displaien, desplaien, OF. despleier, desploier, F. déployer; pref. des- ( L. dis- ) + pleier, ploier, plier, F. ployer, plier, to fold, bend, L. plicare. See Ply, and cf. Deploy, Splay.]
      1. To unfold; to spread wide; to expand; to stretch out; to spread.

      The northern wind his wings did broad display. Spenser.

      2. ( Mil. ) To extend the front of ( a column ), bringing it into line. Farrow.

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

      His statement . . . displays very clearly the actual condition of the army. Burke.

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

      Proudly displaying the insignia of their order. Prescott.

      5. ( Print. ) To make conspicuous by large or prominent type.

      6. To discover; to descry. [Obs.]

      And from his seat took pleasure to display

      The city so adorned with towers. Chapman.

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

      Syn. -- To exhibit; show; manifest; spread out; parade; expand; flaunt.

    2. Display, v. i. To make a display; to act as one making a show or demonstration. Shak.

    3. Display, n.
      1. An opening or unfolding; exhibition; manifestation.

      Having witnessed displays of his power and grace. Trench.

      2. Ostentatious show; exhibition for effect; parade.

      He died, as erring man should die,

      Without display, without parade. Byron.

      3. ( 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.

      4. ( 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.

      5. ( 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.