Meaning of DISPLACEMENT in English


Pronunciation: ( ˌ )dis- ' pl ā -sm ə nt, di- ' spl ā -

Function: noun

Date: 1611

1 : the act or process of displacing : the state of being displaced

2 a : the volume or weight of a fluid (as water) displaced by a floating body (as a ship) of equal weight b : the difference between the initial position of something (as a body or geometric figure) and any later position c : the volume displaced by a piston (as in a pump or an engine) in a single stroke also : the total volume so displaced by all the pistons in an internal combustion engine (as in an automobile)

3 a : the redirection of an emotion or impulse from its original object (as an idea or person) to another b : the substitution of another form of behavior for what is usual or expected especially when the usual response is nonadaptive ― called also displacement activity displacement behavior

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