displacement

Meaning

Noun

  • The act of displacing, or the state of being displaced; a putting out of place.
  • The quantity of a liquid displaced by a floating body, as water by a ship, the weight of the displaced liquid being equal to that of the displacing body.
  • 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.
  • Moving the target to avoid an attack; dodging.
  • A vector quantity which denotes distance with a directional component.
  • The capability of a communication system to refer to things that are not present (that existed or will exist at another time, or that exist at another location).

Origin

  • From French d├ęplacement. Morphologically displace + -ment.

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