from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To present or hold up to view.
  • transitive v. Computer Science To provide (information or graphics) on a screen.
  • transitive v. To give evidence of; manifest.
  • transitive v. To exhibit ostentatiously; show off.
  • transitive v. To be endowed with (an identifiable form or character): a shrub that displays hardiness.
  • transitive v. To express, as by gestures or bodily posture: a smirk that displayed contempt.
  • transitive v. To spread out; unfurl: The peacock displayed its fan.
  • intransitive v. Computer Science To provide information or graphics on a screen: a personal computer that displays and prints.
  • n. The act of displaying.
  • n. A public exhibition.
  • n. Objects or merchandise set out for viewing by the public.
  • n. A demonstration or manifestation: a display of temper.
  • n. Biology A specialized pattern of behavior used to communicate visually, such as the presentation of colors or plumage by male birds as part of courtship or intimidation.
  • n. An instance of such behavior.
  • n. Ostentatious exhibition.
  • n. An advertisement or headline designed to catch the eye.
  • n. Computer Science A video display.
  • n. A visual representation of information.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A show or spectacle.
  • n. An electronic screen that shows graphics or text.
  • v. To spread out, to unfurl.
  • v. : To show conspicuously; to exhibit; to demonstrate; to manifest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An opening or unfolding; exhibition; manifestation.
  • n. Ostentatious show; exhibition for effect; parade.
  • n. An electronic device on which the output signal of another electronic device may be presented in a visual form; -- also called display device. Typically the display device it is the screen of a cathode-ray tube, as in a computer monitor, but other forms of visual display such as LED or liquid crystal devices are also used. The printed output from a computer or other device is not considered as a display.
  • n. The output signal from a computer program, displayed on a display device. The displayed signal may consist of letters, numbers, or any graphical image.
  • n. a pattern of behavior, such as showing a body part to another animal, by which one animal conveys information to another, as for mating or defense.
  • intransitive v. To make a display; to act as one making a show or demonstration.
  • transitive v. To unfold; to spread wide; to expand; to stretch out; to spread.
  • transitive v. To extend the front of (a column), bringing it into line.
  • transitive v. To spread before the view; to show; to exhibit to the sight, or to the mind; to make manifest.
  • transitive v. To make an exhibition of; to set in view conspicuously or ostentatiously; to exhibit for the sake of publicity; to parade.
  • transitive v. To make conspicuous by large or prominent type.
  • transitive v. To discover; to descry.
  • transitive v. To output (results or data) in a visible manner on the screen of a monitor, CRT, or other device.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To unfold; lay open; spread out; expand; disclose, as in curving or dissecting a body.
  • To show; expose to the view; exhibit to the eyes; especially, to show ostentatiously; parade flauntingly.
  • To exhibit to the mind; make manifest or apparent; bring into notice: as, to display one's ignorance or folly.
  • To discover; descry.
  • In printing, to make conspicuous or attractive; give special prominence to, as particular words or lines, by the use of larger type, wider space, etc.
  • To lay anything open, as in carving or dissecting.
  • To make a show or display.
  • To make a great show of words; talk demonstratively.
  • n. An opening, unfolding, or disclosing; a spreading of anything to the view, commonly with the sense of ostentation or a striving for effect; show; exhibition: as, a great display of banners; a display of jewelry.
  • n. Synonyms Show, Parade, etc. See ostentation.
  • n. In printing, the art of selecting and arranging types of unequal size, as in a title-page or advertisement, so as to make certain parts emphatic and the whole likely to attract attention.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. behavior that makes your feelings public
  • n. an electronic device that represents information in visual form
  • n. exhibiting openly in public view
  • v. attract attention by displaying some body part or posing; of animals
  • v. to show, make visible or apparent
  • n. something shown to the public
  • n. a visual representation of something
  • n. something intended to communicate a particular impression


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English displayen, from Anglo-Norman despleier, from Medieval Latin displicāre, to unfold, from Latin, to scatter : dis-, apart; see dis- + plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French despleier, desploier, from Medieval Latin displicare ("to unfold, display"), from Latin dis- ("apart") + plicare ("to fold").


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