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display (v.)

c. 1300, "unfold, spread out, unfurl" (a banner, etc.), from Old French desploiir (Modern French déployer) "unfold, unfasten, spread out" (of knots, sealed letters, etc.), from Latin displicare "to scatter," in Medieval Latin "to unfold," from dis- "un-, apart" (see dis-) + plicare "to fold" (from PIE root *plek- "to plait").

Properly of sails or flags (and unconnected to play); meaning "reveal, exhibit, expose to view" is late 14c.; sense of "reveal unintentionally, allow to be seen" is from c. 1600. Related: Displayed; displaying.

Origin and meaning of display

display (n.)

1580s, "description," a sense now obsolete, from display (v.). Meaning "exhibition, a spreading of anything to the view," commonly with a suggestion of ostentation or striving for effect, is from 1680s. Meaning "presentation of electronic signals on a screen" is from 1945 in reference to radar, by 1960 of computers. Display-window is attested by 1893.

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Definitions of display
1
display (n.)
something shown to the public;
Synonyms: exhibit / showing
display (n.)
something intended to communicate a particular impression;
made a display of strength
Synonyms: show
display (n.)
a visual representation of something;
Synonyms: presentation
display (n.)
behavior that makes your feelings public;
a display of emotion
display (n.)
exhibiting openly in public view;
a display of courage
display (n.)
an electronic device that represents information in visual form;
Synonyms: video display
2
display (v.)
to show, make visible or apparent;
National leaders will have to display the highest skills of statesmanship
Synonyms: expose / exhibit
display (v.)
attract attention by displaying some body part or posing; of animals;
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