Meaning of DISPLAY in English

I. də̇ˈsplā sometimes ˈdiˌs- verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English displayen, from Anglo-French despleier, from Latin displicare to scatter, from dis- dis- (I) + plicare to fold — more at ply

transitive verb

1. obsolete

a. : to spread or stretch out or wide : unfold

b. : deploy 1


a. : to spread before the view : exhibit to the sight or mind : give evidence of : show , manifest , disclose

displayed the flag for all to see

display a map on the table

display one's appreciation

display criminal tendencies

specifically : to put on exhibition

these reproductions have been displayed throughout Canada — Report: (Canadian) Royal Commission on National Development

two model houses were displayed for a week

b. : to exhibit conspicuously

display a gift for ham acting

c. : to set forth (as in representation or narrative) : describe , depict

the canvases displayed shabby acrobats — Time

d. : to set in display in printing

3. obsolete : discover , descry

intransitive verb

1. : to make a display : act as one making a show or demonstration

2. : to present or advertise something by means of a display

Synonyms: see show

II. noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

1. obsolete : a presentation by representation or narrative : description


a. : an exhibiting or showing of something : an unfolding or opening out to view : exhibition , manifestation

want no display of emotion — Henry Adams

specifically : the means by which radar echoes or other information is given to an operator in visual form in communications

b. : ostentatious show : exhibition for effect

the Church of the Brethren or the Mennonite Church, neither of which countenances worldly display — American Guide Series: Pennsylvania

making a disgusting display in front of company

c. : composition designed to catch the eye (as by the use of lines of uneven length or different type sizes or styles) and typically used in title pages, advertising brochures, and magazine covers

display composition

display typefaces

also : printed matter so composed

the local press gave top display to the murder story

d. : an often artistic conspicuous eye-catching construction or assemblage by which something (as merchandise or collector's items) is exhibited or advertised

his pictures are on display at the art gallery

also : the use of such constructions or assemblages

display is the key to self-service sales — Printers' Ink

3. : a stereotypic pattern of behavior exhibited especially by male birds in the breeding season that serves to initiate specific responses in another individual (as a possible breeding partner or a potential territorial rival)

the males congregate on a low knoll serving as a display ground — J.M.Flagler


parade , array , pomp : display may suggest a spectacular spreading out in or as if in exhibition to impress by extent, detail, beauty, number, or lavishness

the display of political partisanship on the part of the Hamilton-Jefferson faction — J.C.Fitzpatrick

fine editions that make an impressive display in an oilman's library — Green Peyton

a fine display of camellias in bloom — American Guide Series: Louisiana

an imitation of the jousts of the middle ages, providing displays of horsemanship — American Guide Series: North Carolina

parade may indicate ostenatious flaunting, usually sustained, to impress, dazzle, or awe another

he does not make the least parade of his wealth or his gentility — J.C.Snaith

in the ritornello, with its parade of themes, one immediately recognizes the orchestral opulence and virtuosity of the incomparable Toscanini — Abram Chasins

array may suggest order and brilliancy in display of or as if of marshaled ranks of soldiers

we look up at this facade and see a magnificent array of saints, all ordered in their appropriate niches; we recognize Homer, Dante, Shakespeare and several others — Herbert Read

today's motorists come in all seasons to revel in such an array of splendors as few other roads of the state can offer — Maynard Leahey

pomp , once often used of a ceremonial process of pageant, now suggests spectacular brilliance or splendid ostentation often accomplished with vain or lofty punctiliousness

a pomp of flaming colors — F.D.Ommanney

the pomp of nations that pretend to be sovereign — C.W.Ferguson

III. noun

: an electronic device (as a cathode-ray tube or a liquid-crystal readout) that presents information in visual form ; also : the visual information

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.