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Display definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DISPLAY, v.t. [L., gr., to unfold.]
1. Literally, to unfold; hence, to open; to spread wide; to expand.
The northern wind his wings did broad display.
2. To spread before the view; to show; to exhibit to the eyes, or to the mind; to make manifest. The works of nature display the power and wisdom of the Supreme Being. Christian charity displays the effects of true piety. A dress, simple and elegant, displays female taste and beauty to advantage.
3. To carve; to dissect and open.
He carves, displays, and cuts up to a wonder.
4. To set to view ostentatiously.
5. To discover. [Not in use.]
6. To open; to unlock. [Not used.]
1. An opening or unfolding; an exhibition of any thing to the view.
2. Show; exhibition; as, they make a great display of troops; a great display of magnificence.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: something intended to communicate a particular impression; "made a display of strength"; "a show of impatience"; "a good show of looking interested" [syn: display, show]
2: something shown to the public; "the museum had many exhibits of oriental art" [syn: display, exhibit, showing]
3: a visual representation of something [syn: display, presentation]
4: behavior that makes your feelings public; "a display of emotion"
5: exhibiting openly in public view; "a display of courage"
6: an electronic device that represents information in visual form [syn: display, video display] v
1: 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" [syn: expose, exhibit, display]
2: attract attention by displaying some body part or posing; of animals

Merriam Webster's

I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French desplaier, desploier, literally, to unfold more at deploy Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to put or spread before the view <display the flag> b. to make evident <displayed great skill> c. to exhibit ostentatiously <liked to display his erudition> 2. obsolete descry intransitive verb 1. obsolete show off 2. to make a breeding display <penguins displayed and copulated> Synonyms: see show displayable adjective II. noun Usage: often attributive Date: 1665 1. a. (1) a setting or presentation of something in open view <a fireworks display> (2) a clear sign or evidence ; exhibition <a display of courage> b. ostentatious show c. type, composition, or printing designed to catch the eye d. an eye-catching arrangement by which something is exhibited <a display of artifacts> often used with on <her early paintings are currently on display> e. an electronic device (as a cathode-ray tube) that presents information in visual form; also the visual information 2. a pattern of behavior exhibited especially by male birds in the breeding season

U.S. Military Dictionary

In military deception, a static portrayal of an activity, force, or equipment intended to deceive the adversary's visual observation. (JP 3-13.4)

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v.tr. 1 expose to view; exhibit; show. 2 show ostentatiously. 3 allow to appear; reveal; betray (displayed his ignorance). --n. 1 the act or an instance of displaying. 2 an exhibition or show. 3 ostentation; flashiness. 4 the distinct behaviour of some birds and fish, esp. used to attract a mate. 5 a the presentation of signals or data on a visual display unit etc. b the information so presented. 6 Printing the arrangement and choice of type in order to attract attention. Derivatives: displayer n. Etymology: ME f. OF despleier f. L displicare (as DIS-, plicare fold): cf. DEPLOY

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Display Dis*play", 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Display Dis*play", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Displayed; p. pr. & vb. n. Displaying.] [OE. displaien, desplaien, OF. despleier, desploier, F. d['e]ployer; 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. Syn: To exhibit; show; manifest; spread out; parade; expand; flaunt.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Display Dis*play", v. i. To make a display; to act as one making a show or demonstration. --Shak.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(displays, displaying, displayed) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. If you display something that you want people to see, you put it in a particular place, so that people can see it easily. Among the protesters and war veterans proudly displaying their medals was Aubrey Rose... = exhibit VERB: V n Display is also a noun. Most of the other artists whose work is on display were his pupils or colleagues. N-UNCOUNT: oft on N 2. If you display something, you show it to people. She displayed her wound to the twelve gentlemen of the jury... The chart can then display the links connecting these groups. = show VERB: V n to n, V n 3. If you display a characteristic, quality, or emotion, you behave in a way which shows that you have it. He has displayed remarkable courage in his efforts to reform the party. = show VERB: V n Display is also a noun. Normally, such an outward display of affection is reserved for his mother. = show N-VAR: oft N of n 4. When a computer displays information, it shows it on a screen. They started out by looking at the computer screens which display the images... VERB: V n 5. A display is an arrangement of things that have been put in a particular place, so that people can see them easily. ...a display of your work... N-COUNT: oft N of n 6. A display is a public performance or other event which is intended to entertain people. ...gymnastic displays. N-COUNT: with supp 7. The display on a computer screen is the information that is shown there. The screen itself can also be referred to as the display. A hard copy of the screen display can also be obtained from a printer. N-COUNT: usu sing see also liquid crystal display

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Expand, unfold, extend, open, spread. 2. Exhibit, show, bring into view, hold up to view, make manifest. 3. Parade, show off. II. n. 1. Exhibition, manifestation, show. 2. Parade, pomp, pageant, ostentation, flourish.

Moby Thesaurus

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