Meaning of DISPLAY in English

I. di ‧ splay 1 S3 W2 AC /dɪˈspleɪ/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

1 . OBJECTS an arrangement of things for people to look at or buy

display of

a superb display of African masks

a dazzling display (=very good display) of flowers

The window display caught her eye.

display cases containing old photographs

2 . ENTERTAINMENT a public performance of something that is intended to entertain people:

a fireworks display

display of

a display of juggling

3 . on display

a) something that is on display is in a public place where people can look at it SYN on show :

Mapplethorpe’s photographs were first put on display in New York.

be/go on display

One of the world’s oldest cars has gone on display in Brighton today.

b) if a quality, feeling, or skill is on display, it is very clear and easy to notice:

The musical talent on display is extremely impressive.

4 . display of affection/emotion/aggression etc an occasion when someone clearly shows a particular feeling, attitude, or quality:

Unprovoked displays of aggression cannot be tolerated.

5 . ON EQUIPMENT a part of a piece of equipment that shows information, for example a computer screen:

This time the display flashed a red warning signal.

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■ adjectives

▪ a fine/magnificent/spectacular/dazzling display (=a very good one)

The museum has a magnificent display of silver.

▪ a window display (=in the window of a shop)

I stopped to look at something in the window display.

▪ a special display

There was a special display of local photographs.

▪ a floral display (=of flowers)

The village has won an award for its floral displays.

■ verbs

▪ create a display

She created an award-winning display at the national garden show.

■ display + NOUN

▪ a display case/cabinet (=small cupboard with a glass front)

There was a display case full of medals.

▪ a display board

Some schools have a display board with photographs of all the staff.

▪ a display stand (=table with shelves etc used for showing things to the public)

A lot of companies had impressive display stands in the conference hall.

II. display 2 W2 AC BrE AmE verb

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: Anglo-French ; Origin: despleier , from Latin displicare 'to unfold' ]

1 . [transitive] to show something to people, or put it in a place where people can see it easily:

shop windows displaying the latest fashions

All the exam results will be displayed on the noticeboard.

2 . [transitive] to clearly show a feeling, attitude, or quality by what you do or say:

She displayed no emotion on the witness stand.

ten piano pieces, each written to display the talents of individual players

3 . [transitive] if a computer or something similar displays information, it shows it on its screen:

I pressed ‘return’ and an error message was displayed.

4 . [intransitive] if a male bird or animal displays, it behaves in a particular way as a signal to other birds or animals, especially to attract a female

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.