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Pronunciation:  dis'pleysmunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  act of taking the place of another especially using underhanded tactics
  2. [n]  act of removing from office or employment
  3. [n]  to move something from its natural environment
  4. [n]  the act of uniform movement
  5. [n]  an event in which something is displaced without rotation
  6. [n]  (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one
  7. [n]  (chemistry) a chemical reaction in which an elementary substance displaces and sets free a constituent element from a compound

DISPLACEMENT is a 12 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: deracination, displacement reaction, shift, supplanting, translation
 See Also: amplitude, chemical reaction, defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction, luxation, motion, move, movement, reaction, rejection, replacement, replacing, translation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dis*place"ment\, n. [Cf. F. d['e]placement.]
1. The act of displacing, or the state of being displaced; a
   putting out of place.

         Unnecessary displacement of funds.    --A. Hamilton.

         The displacement of the sun by parallax. --Whewell.

2. The quantity of anything, as water, displaced by a
   floating body, as by a ship, the weight of the displaced
   liquid being equal to that of the displacing body.

3. (Chem.) The process of extracting soluble substances from
   organic material and the like, whereby a quantity of
   saturated solvent is displaced, or removed, for another
   quantity of the solvent.

{Piston displacement} (Mech.), the volume of the space swept
   through, or weight of steam, water, etc., displaced, in a
   given time, by the piston of a steam engine or pump.

 Definition: the situation in which one animal can cause another to move away from food, a sitting place, etc.
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