From Middle English displayen, borrowed from Anglo-Norman despleier, from Old French despleier, desploiier, from Medieval Latin displicare (“to unfold, display”), from Latin dis- (“apart”) + plicāre (“to fold”). See also deploy.
- A show or spectacle.
- The trapeze artist put on an amazing acrobatic display.
- A piece of work to be presented visually.
- Pupils are expected to produce a wall display about a country of their choice.
- (computing) An electronic screen that shows graphics or text.
- (computing) The presentation of information for visual or tactile reception.
- (travel, aviation, in a reservation system) The asterisk symbol, used to denote that the following information will be displayed, eg, *H will "display history".
- (transitive) To show conspicuously; to exhibit; to demonstrate; to manifest.
- 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 12, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill. It was ugly, gross. Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic bluntness or coarseness of speech. In the present connexion […] such talk had been distressingly out of place.
- (intransitive) To make a display; to act as one making a show or demonstration.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act 2, scene 4], page 293:
- Being the very fellow which of late / Diſplaid ſo ſawcily againſt your Highneſſe […]
- (military) To extend the front of (a column), bringing it into line.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Farrow to this entry?)
- (printing, dated) To make conspicuous by using large or prominent type.
- (obsolete) To discover; to descry.
- And from his seat took pleasure to display / The city so adorned with towers.
- (obsolete) To spread out, to unfurl.
- Synonym: splay
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.v:
- The wearie Traueiler, wandring that way, / Therein did often quench his thristy heat, / And then by it his wearie limbes display, / Whiles creeping slomber made him to forget / His former paine [...].
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- display in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- display in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- display at OneLook Dictionary Search
- display (screen)
display m (plural displays)
- display (electronic screen)
For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:display.