From Middle English displayen, from Anglo-Norman despleier and Old French despleier, desploiier, from Medieval Latin displicare (“to unfold, display”), from Latin dis- (“apart”) + plicāre (“to fold”). Doublet of 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.
- A device, furniture or marketing-oriented bulk packaging for visual presentation for sales promotion.
- Synonym: cardboard display
- (computing) An electronic screen that shows graphics or text.
- (computing) The presentation of information for visual or tactile reception.
- (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: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene iv], 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, deploy.
- 1610, William Camden, Philémon Holland, transl., Britain, or A Chorographicall Description of the Most Flourishing Kingdomes, England, Scotland, and Ireland, […], London: […] [Eliot’s Court Press for] Georgii Bishop & Ioannis Norton, OCLC 1166778000:
- The Englishmen […] display their ranks and […] press hard upon their enemies.
- (printing, dated) To make conspicuous by using large or prominent type.
- (obsolete) To discover; to descry.
- [1611?], Homer, “(please specify |book=I to XXIV)”, in Geo[rge] Chapman, transl., The Iliads of Homer Prince of Poets. […], London: […] Nathaniell Butter, OCLC 614803194; The Iliads of Homer, Prince of Poets, […], volume (please specify the book number), new edition, London: Charles Knight and Co., […], 1843, OCLC 987451361:
- 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)
For quotations using this term, see Citations:display.
display n (plural display-uri)
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