Etymology
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displacement (n.)

1610s, "removal from office;" see displace + -ment. As "quantity of a liquid displaced by a solid body put into it," 1809. Physics sense "amount by which anything is displaced" is from 1837.

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Definitions of displacement

displacement (n.)
act of taking the place of another especially using underhanded tactics;
Synonyms: supplanting
displacement (n.)
an event in which something is displaced without rotation;
Synonyms: shift
displacement (n.)
the act of uniform movement;
Synonyms: translation
displacement (n.)
(chemistry) a reaction in which an elementary substance displaces and sets free a constituent element from a compound;
Synonyms: displacement reaction
displacement (n.)
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one;
displacement (n.)
to move something from its natural environment;
Synonyms: deracination
displacement (n.)
act of removing from office or employment;
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