Meaning of DISPLACEMENT in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ (ˌ)dis-ˈplā-smənt, di-ˈsplā- ]


Date: 1611

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


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)


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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.