Definition of display in English:

display

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Put (something) in a prominent place in order that it may readily be seen.

    ‘the palace used to display a series of tapestries’
    ‘a notice was displayed in the booking office’
    • ‘These tickets are often chosen by passengers for their journey into town because they are prominently displayed on ticket machines.’
    • ‘At least at train stations, the name of the station is prominently displayed, but buses just stop along streets and I've got no idea where I am.’
    • ‘Stern messages from her about smoking and other unacceptable behaviour are prominently displayed on the noticeboard.’
    • ‘The name drawn out will be the lucky owner of the ornament for the following year and must display it in a prominent position in their house.’
    • ‘The introduction of an EU country of origin regulation would require the name and address of the beef producer or packager being prominently displayed.’
    • ‘Just about every pub displays a sign or notice advising women to keep an eye on their drinks.’
    • ‘The red and yellow Catalan flag was displayed prominently around the stadium while the full range of Catalan anthems washed down from the stands throughout the game.’
    • ‘The cameras were displayed in the chronological order of technological evolution.’
    • ‘The chocolates were prominently displayed, so of course I bought some before I left, despite my initial intention only to have a coffee.’
    • ‘Canadians scrambled to display US flags in order to express their sympathy.’
    • ‘Chopin's Preludes return independence to the hands in order to display a new kind of allusive dialogue between them.’
    • ‘As I was waiting to pick up a prescription at my local Walgreen's I noticed the book prominently displayed by the prescription drug counter.’
    • ‘And in the wake of the heat wave, it prominently displays a notice announcing that the shop is air conditioned!’
    • ‘His collections are prominently displayed at the Lalit Kala Akademi and at the National Gallery of Modern Art.’
    • ‘Large, brightly-coloured signs warning against bathing in the reservoir and expressly the dangers of cold water are prominently displayed there.’
    • ‘Isn't Marx making a deliberately exaggerated statement of his own position in order to display its novelty?’
    • ‘Like pieces of art in a little glass gallery, an array of spices is prominently displayed in a showcase that flanks the foyer, providing a savoury glimpse into the tastes that will find their way into your meal.’
    • ‘Just to remind everyone who is in charge, every notice displays the name of the Residents' Association at the top.’
    • ‘In one a pair of manacles is prominently displayed.’
    • ‘And they maintain that their search results are still displayed in order of relevance.’
    exhibit, show, put on show, put on view, expose to view, present, unveil, set forth
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1Show (data or an image) on a computer, television, or other screen.
      ‘pressing the F1 key will display a help screen’
      • ‘Choosing the image displays the photo in fullscreen, scaled to fit on your TV.’
      • ‘More importantly, the author discusses how an image can be saved into a file rather than being displayed on screen.’
      • ‘The stored data were displayed on a computer screen to check quality of the recordings.’
      • ‘Those images were captured by computer chips and displayed using thin computer screens.’
      • ‘By controlling where and when that field is applied, the screen can display an image.’
      • ‘Erica looked at the screen which twinkled and displayed the image of the Chancellor on the background of his cabinet in the Palace.’
      • ‘If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel you can change the size of fonts and images displayed on your monitor screen with a single click.’
      • ‘It is not limited to dedicated handheld devices but can be displayed on any computer screen.’
      • ‘Alone at his desk, the detective glances up at the black login screen displayed on the computer monitor.’
      • ‘But, when the image is displayed on a wide screen set, the bars are lost and the bottoms of the subtitle text can be slightly cut off.’
      • ‘Adrian's eyes were glued to the screen while it displayed images of the boy being placed into an ambulance with a respirator over his mouth and blood pouring from his upper chest and sides.’
      • ‘It was used to control the images being displayed on the screen.’
      • ‘Everytime that slender line went around the screen, it displayed the same image.’
      • ‘The computer displayed the icon of folders on the screen.’
      • ‘As the video card displays one image, the opposing eye is blocked by the shutter.’
      • ‘The previous photographic picture image is photographed immediately prior and is displayed on the screen.’
      • ‘True enough, it was Cravis' image being displayed on the screen.’
      • ‘The rest of the screen displayed the highest magnification image of the city we could get.’
      • ‘Once on the storage server, a photograph can be displayed on any TV screen or monitor in the house via a simple video client.’
      • ‘Data from the controllers - including alerts of problems - are displayed on workstations and computers using Web browsers.’
    2. 1.2Give a clear demonstration of (a quality, emotion, or skill)
      ‘both players displayed a great deal of spirit’
      • ‘It is about those players displaying the skill and commitment to come up with a winning strategy, for the sake of the greater good.’
      • ‘Fans have grown frustrated that a player who displayed such talent at Leeds just two years ago is almost unrecognisable now.’
      • ‘When he let his genuinely winning smile come through in that interchange with Ifill over her forgetting the order, he displayed a charm that could be used devastatingly to his advantage.’
      • ‘In surviving the cut, an otherwise anguished Woods displayed admirable qualities of courage and resolve.’
      • ‘However, the scores do not fairly reflect the high standard of skill and courage displayed by the women of all three services in this burgeoning competition.’
      • ‘It will be good for the game to see a talented player like Mattie Forde display his skills in Croke Park before a large crowd.’
      • ‘Individual players are encouraged to display their skills by the whistling and ululation of the spectators.’
      • ‘Gene readily responds without displaying any sign of disagreement or bewilderment that he will lead the snow statues committee.’
      • ‘In any event, it would definitely not be nice to publish letters in order to display the ignorance of their writers.’
      • ‘Of course some rule changes over the years have taken away the ability of players to display the skill of fielding.’
      • ‘This is a good chance for players to display their skills.’
      • ‘Kumble displayed endurance, skill and enthusiasm in equal measure to pick up seven wickets on a day where he had to bowl 35.3 overs in torrid conditions.’
      • ‘Once the openers departed the Lankan middle order displayed the brittle nature of their batting to carve into some intelligent and accurate Indian bowling.’
      • ‘The Captain displays an uncanny ability to sweat and smoulder simultaneously, and boasts a command of German that goes above and beyond the conversational.’
      • ‘The Players' Choice Award is presented to the one player who displays athletic skill, tenacity and desire while playing with a sportsmanlike attitude.’
      • ‘Elegiac and archly insightful, the quality of the writing displays a striking talent, and one that stays in the memory long after the varied merits of the performances fade.’
      • ‘By marching together, carrying banners and chanting slogans, thousands of students peacefully displayed their anger and emotion against the war that had started.’
      • ‘The centre of Rome had sported a giant map of Greece in order to display the military's triumphs to all Italian citizens.’
      • ‘Chen revealed that the two paintings were created in the heyday of the two masters, fully displaying their talent and skill.’
      • ‘The fans want to see Fittler, Lockyer and the 32 other players display their undoubted skills.’
    3. 1.3[no object](of a male bird, reptile, or fish) engage in a specialized pattern of behaviour that is intended to attract a mate.
      ‘she photographed the peacock, which chose that moment to display’
      • ‘Males utilize bright mating colorations when displaying on the lek and contribute only genes to their progeny.’
      • ‘The tail is cocked when alighting and the bird droops wings when displaying.’
      • ‘The male selects the nest area where he displays to attract the female.’
      • ‘Individual males moved and displayed within territories approximately 25 m in diameter.’
      • ‘Courtship display, however, we measured as display time during 5 min, starting when the male displayed for the first time.’
      • ‘The number of males displaying in a lek or chorus each day is often positively correlated with the number of females visiting or mating in the aggregation.’
      • ‘Males immediately began displaying to one another through the transparent partition after the opaque partition was removed.’
      • ‘Case 2: The two birds displayed or fought, and the intruder flew away from the site.’
      • ‘We will go to where the male birds display or lekk and count the ones there.’
      • ‘Sixty years ago the great ethologist Niko Tinbergen noticed a stickleback fish aggressively displaying toward the window of his fish tank.’
      • ‘Males display from a chosen nest-site by waving wings and pointing the bill skyward, exposing the skin of the throat.’
      • ‘Second, males may choose to display in locations or times of day that best complement their color signals.’
      • ‘My earliest diary records watching great spotted woodpeckers displaying.’
      • ‘When males display and mate at the sites where offspring develop, site choice and mate choice may not be independent.’
      • ‘Startled females may also lose the opportunity to mate with more intensely displaying, preferred males.’
      • ‘Males begin displaying in January, and eggs are laid from February through the end of May.’
      • ‘Male Ruffs gather into groups in concentrated areas called leks, to display and attract females.’
      • ‘Males may choose to display at sites associated with resources used by females.’
      • ‘When displaying, males point their tails up, spread their wings, hold their heads low, and stamp their feet.’
      • ‘Clearly, a secondary male can benefit by displaying near a hotshot.’

noun

  • 1A performance, show, or event staged for public entertainment.

    ‘a display of fireworks’
    [as modifier] ‘an aerobatic display team’
    • ‘As well as providing a platform for some of the best national and local performers, the festival will also offer workshops, song and music sessions, children's events and dance displays.’
    • ‘For years this has resulted in bland programme schedules largely filled with historical dramas, folk music performances, military displays and heavily censored news shows.’
    • ‘‘They also gain certificates through badge awards and perform displays and galas for the public,’ she said.’
    • ‘The fireworks will be accompanied by music performances and laser light displays.’
    • ‘Many other relatives joined in the entertainment with a display of dancing and rendering of songs.’
    • ‘There will be a May Day event featuring a display of falconry and a performance by morris dancers.’
    • ‘On the exhibition front, the event's organiser Jayne Davies brought together the Evidence display, staged in the Malt Room.’
    • ‘Celebrity chefs will cook using the best of local ingredients, there will be farming and animal displays, traditional rural entertainment and a chance for visitors to try their hand at craft activities.’
    • ‘As they approached, they split formation and swam either side of me, like the Red Arrows performing an aerobatic display.’
    • ‘The show is being staged by the Performing Arts Company, which performs similar displays across the country all year round.’
    • ‘With a wide and varied selection of events, displays and performances, the festival captures the spirit of Yeats's works and the imagination of Sligo audiences.’
    • ‘It's quite an event, with a fair, music and other entertainment, and the display is always spectacular.’
    • ‘During the luncheon break, commando kennel dogs gave an entertaining display of dancing and attacking skills.’
    • ‘The day will finish with one of the most spectacular firework displays Britain has ever staged.’
    • ‘Ten balloons from around the nation took part in the Night Glow, a display event, where balloonists inflate anchored balloons on dusk.’
    • ‘The team performed their aerial display, then broke off to deploy their parachutes and land back at the airfield, in front of a crowd of around 70 people.’
    • ‘In addition to performances and displays, the event also showed off achievements and contributions worldwide.’
    • ‘Lee Pearson and Debbie Criddle, who both won individual and team equestrian golds, will perform a dressage display to music in front of the grandstands.’
    • ‘Britain has given a remarkable display of solidarity following the terrorist attacks in London.’
    • ‘There are, of course, professional companies which stage firework displays and take every precaution to see that the most rigorous safety measures apply.’
    • ‘The fireworks display is staged by Cambridgeshire-based Kimbolton.’
    1. 1.1A collection of objects arranged for public viewing.
      ‘the museum houses an informative display of rocks’
      [mass noun] ‘the latest in computer gadgetry was on display’
      • ‘Education played a key role at this year's Great Yorkshire Show, with children creating displays and staging scientific experiments.’
      • ‘Numerous displays of the children's work, activities and outings were on display and refreshments were provided with the help of members of the Parents' Association.’
      • ‘The collection of artefacts on display and their notable lineage contribute to this, but so does the setting, thatch and all.’
      • ‘Some of his collection are now on display at his house, whose architectural inspiration was a mud mosque in Timbuktu.’
      • ‘Display cabinets either side of the fireplace give plenty of space for storage.’
      • ‘He laughed and pointed me to the display case with chunks of yellow cheddar.’
      • ‘The home and garden marquee did not just have floral displays but also a little Wivenhoe in a tent as the town took the limelight as the community on display.’
      • ‘Breads, pastries, rice and legume dishes were on display for the viewing and tasting pleasure of interested patrons.’
      • ‘As with most museums, only a tiny proportion of the collection is on display.’
      • ‘A vast selection, only about five per cent of the collection is ever on display.’
      • ‘Dazzling floral displays even further enhanced the exceptional architecture and beautiful interior of the church.’
      • ‘A ventriloquist and puppet collector is to put her rare collection on display.’
      • ‘Anyone driving down Shaw Road this summer might have been taken aback by a dazzling floral display.’
      • ‘Created by Mark Rode the piece will be included in a civic collection on display in King House, Boyle.’
      • ‘On display will be a variety of patchwork and quilting including the earliest exhibit made by Martha Jackson in Westmorland in 1790.’
      • ‘Food is either selected from the display cabinets or ordered to be freshly made.’
      • ‘The photos on display are among a collection of more than 2,000 photos he had taken on his three trips to that country.’
      • ‘On display are some pearls but without all the glitter of jewellery.’
      • ‘The event will include displays from wine producers, whisky distillers and champagne tasters.’
      • ‘On display at the Butterfly House are Emperors or Blue Morphos.’
    2. 1.2A clear demonstration of an emotion, skill, or quality.
      ‘a hint of malice underlay his display of concern’
      • ‘This was an excellent all-round performance and the best display from this team so far this year.’
      • ‘The breathtaking display of skill and derring-do by the cadets of the National Cadet Corps on Sunday left one dumbfounded.’
      • ‘Congratulations to the team for their heroic performances and great displays of darts, and good luck in the Charity Cup Final.’
      • ‘And it will provide a clear display of international support for the mission that is ongoing here in the country.’
      • ‘The whole team produced a lacklustre display and created little until a final flourish in the 15 minutes.’
      • ‘England are among the teams who have produced an impressive display and an ineffective one.’
      • ‘But Murphy capped a fine all-round display by claiming his 50th try for the club.’
      • ‘In fact Vida has always been at odds with displays of technical virtuosity.’
      • ‘It was certainly the best performance by a Laois team since the great displays by the minor three in a row side.’
      • ‘Niall Dunphy s second goal in the 57th minute capped a very impressive display by Dunhill.’
      • ‘In near perfect rugby conditions Malton gave a display of high quality to destroy visitors Barnsley 49-13.’
      • ‘We have all come together with some brilliant individual performances that have contributed to excellent team displays.’
      • ‘Tickets for the display of musical virtuosity are £14.50.’
      • ‘Some novelists trumpet their skill with showy displays; others demonstrate their expertise with quiet precision.’
      • ‘It was back then to the Church of the Most Holy Rosary for the Floral Festival, where a stunning display of craftsmanship and skill was evident.’
      • ‘With snow not normally found at this time of year, even in the nearby Peak District, the demonstrators took to trampolines to give a display of their skills.’
      • ‘Ger was also a highly skillful footballer and produced some skillful displays with his school teams.’
      • ‘This was a very special achievement for both the boys and girls to win the area finals and it was achieved with some fine skill and solid displays along the way.’
      • ‘Even a single soldier was a colossal presence in battle; their fighting skills were a display of perfection.’
      • ‘Saturday's win was a display of quality cricket with our professional again doing the business with the bat getting another 100 in great style.’
    3. 1.3[mass noun]The conspicuous exhibition of one's wealth; ostentation.
      ‘every clansman was determined to outdo the Campbells in display’
      • ‘He saw public displays of affection, he sometimes saw fights.’
      • ‘Sometimes improvised music seems like a selfish display of skills.’
      • ‘The performed display of heartfelt emotion is a finely tuned act.’
      • ‘He thrived on the atmosphere and whipped the crowd into a frenzy with his expressive displays of emotions.’
      • ‘I also know my single friends are uncomfortable with witnessing the public display of affection sometimes demonstrated by couples.’
      • ‘There has been enough display of wealth and muscle power.’
      • ‘An even more dramatic display of wealth would be to remove the silver from circulation permanently, by burying it.’
      • ‘When have you been touched by someone else's display of this vital emotion?’
      • ‘I don't like being touched and I don't like displays of emotion so I suppose I am very British in that respect.’
      • ‘Most were exploited; many regularly witnessed ostentatious displays of wealth.’
      • ‘More worrying perhaps is the perceived mental state of the Professor himself, what with the recent displays of uncharacteristic emotion.’
      • ‘Such a public display of affection should be banned from single people's eyes!’
      • ‘The conspicuous display of obscene wealth is not a creation of Forbes or the Tatler, but goes back to the Pyramids and beyond.’
      • ‘They are now seen more simply as part of a general trend to ostentatious display of personal wealth, introduced at that time from central Europe.’
      • ‘There was something frankly disgusting about the wealth and splendour on display.’
      • ‘In Pakistan we have made our lives miserable by the never ending competition and the ostentatious display of wealth.’
      • ‘The display of wealth is the most important way to show a superior position in society.’
      • ‘She fell silent and all Natalie could do was watch the display of emotions flitting across her face.’
      • ‘The ostentatious display of ill-gotten wealth only added to Adam's carefully masked anger.’
      • ‘Many sources describe the potlatch as a ceremony for the purpose of wealth display.’
    4. 1.4A specialized pattern of behaviour by the males of certain species of birds, reptiles, and fish that is intended to attract a mate.
      ‘the teal were indulging in delightful courtship displays’
      • ‘Males perform aerial displays to attract mates and deter intruders.’
      • ‘Courtship includes ledge displays with the male and female bowing to each other.’
      • ‘Male courtship displays and bright coloration are usually assumed to provide information to females about some aspect of the male's value as a mate.’
      • ‘The male performs spectacular courtship displays and two eggs are laid around mid-May, four days apart.’
      • ‘Both the numbers of flight maneuvers and courtship displays of males increase with the number of females in a harem.’
      • ‘In some species, males have courtship displays which may involve feather fluffing, holding the wings out, shaking them, and raising the tail feathers.’
      • ‘Male courtship display includes extending the dorsal fin, pursuing, and eventually biting the female.’
      • ‘Males attract females to their nests with courtship displays.’
      • ‘Formation of pair bonds begins in October with courtship displays continuing until mating takes place, usually in March.’
      • ‘During his courtship display, the male puffs up his body and fans his tail.’
      • ‘The majority of their energy is spent in finding a mate: mating displays for the males, copulation and, ultimately, egg laying for the females.’
      • ‘Bronzed Cowbirds perform spectacular three-part courtship displays incorporating both of their major categories of song.’
      • ‘For the pretest and the copying experiment, we recorded the same four males again, but this time as single males that showed courtship displays to a female in an extra tank underneath.’
      • ‘Courtship involves aerial displays in some species; in many others it may only involve ritualized feeding in which the male brings food to the female.’
      • ‘Males often have displays designed to attract the attention of choosy females who spend some time deliberating over who to mate with.’
      • ‘Satin bowerbird courtship involves behavioral displays by males, which may be both beneficial and costly for females, and may favor female signaling.’
      • ‘The double crest on the top of the head was probably a sexual display device.’
      • ‘As detailed above, pairs of S. islerorum perform distinctive displays with each duet.’
      • ‘Males use dramatic flight displays and songs to attract females.’
      • ‘Besides attracting predators, begging displays also take a toll on an animal's store of energy.’
    5. 1.5Printing
      [mass noun]The arrangement and choice of type in a style intended to attract attention.
      • ‘Yet most appraisals of type technology and histories of proprietary typefounding still favor type for text instead of eye-catching display.’
      • ‘Incidentally, if you click on the analyzer, it switches through a number of different display styles.’
  • 2An electronic device for the visual presentation of data or images.

    ‘the colour display now costs £400’
    • ‘A number of visual displays ring the screen that measures the grip of your tires to the racetrack and the degree to which inertia and G-Force push onto your car.’
    • ‘Error diffusion can create artifacts in the image as rendered by the display device.’
    • ‘Engineers at Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs have taken a significant step towards developing electronic paper-like displays.’
    • ‘Four-fifths of the liquid-crystal displays produced by Japan's second-biggest maker of flat screens are used in personal computers.’
    • ‘The cockpit is equipped with multifunction liquid crystal displays and electronic flight instruments.’
    • ‘One example of a dynamic configuration parameter may be, for example, pixel depth and display screen resolution.’
    • ‘The cockpit has five 8in x 8in colour multifunction liquid crystal displays for flight, mission systems and maintenance data.’
    • ‘The insulator structure may also enhance the focus of electrons emitted by the field emitter device on the display screen.’
    • ‘Combined finger touch and stylus detection system for use on the viewing surface of a visual display device’
    • ‘The suit head piece had a visual display in the visor and was displaying a message.’
    • ‘While the LCD display is backlit, the buttons, unfortunately, are not.’
    • ‘Alex sat up and reached for one of the display units on the table.’
    • ‘In one condition the cues were arrows presented in the centre of a visual display, indicating the likely location of an impending target object.’
    • ‘A push of a button and a motorized mechanism reveals a 7 " LCD display screen.’
    • ‘Some devices also have visual dashboard displays.’
    • ‘And that has meant tight supplies of key components like liquid-crystal display panels and memory chips.’
    • ‘They find books boring and seem to have increasing difficulty relating to anything that doesn't have a visual display or screen.’
    • ‘‘The biggest single thing about our displays is the visual impact: they look good and can be read in direct sunlight or at an angle,’ he said.’
    • ‘The head-up display features symbology compatible with front-line aircraft.’
    • ‘Unlike other systems, the device is not an overlay on the plasma display causing image degradation.’
    measuring device, gauge, meter, measure
    View synonyms
    1. 2.1[mass noun]The process or facility of presenting data or images on a computer screen or other device.
      ‘the processing and display of high volumes of information’
      • ‘We are creating attractive multi-zone screens for immediate display.’
      • ‘Other possibilities include gauge and progress bars, info boxes with timeouts and file display windows.’
      • ‘While the resolution is not good enough for printing, it's fine for a computer program and screen display.’
      • ‘When designing a typeface suitable for television display, all of these factors have to be accounted for.’
      • ‘The simulator then renders and animates the motion for display on your desktop computer.’
      • ‘You've got to try to sell them [the callers] a product, a message bank facility or a call number display facility.’
      • ‘This is specially to facilitate those who may not have ample window access or display facilities.’
      • ‘Our company is a world leader in the field of integration, processing and display of data from radars, sensors and databases.’
      • ‘Palm is piling it on with a much bigger display 320x320 and an attractive software bundle.’
      • ‘It's unavoidable that printing involves certain complications that are not present for screen display.’
      • ‘Image acquisition, storage, display and processing, and image transfer represent the basis of telemedicine.’
      • ‘It's only a small step from a pilot, lying flat on his back, flying by computer display to someone in a virtual reality booth.’
      • ‘The tube consists of several microcapillary tubes connected to external pressure transducers, which pass signals to a computer for real time display.’
      • ‘One focus will be image visualization and the display of data in a way that reveals the most useful information.’
      • ‘This transceiver handles the processing, transmission and display of the wearer's vital signs.’
      • ‘We process and convert these inputs through the device for display on the projection screen.’
      • ‘From a designer's point of view the challenge of giving form to the new medium is to combine passive and active display of content.’
    2. 2.2The data or images shown on a computer screen or other device.
      ‘the user may wish to see the previous few words as handwriting before the display changes’
      • ‘And after the computer resizes the display, I ask her if it looks ok and whether she can read it.’
      • ‘With practice, participants become more efficient at searching, and can process the whole display with only one or two fixations.’
      • ‘The display digitising process will happen in many phases.’
      • ‘An easy to read backlit LCD display shows folder, recording time and battery power remaining.’
      • ‘The graphics card takes the job of drawing and redrawing the screen display away from the processor.’
      • ‘The unit notifies the operator that it has captured and recorded the point by sounding an audible tone as well as a visual display.’
      • ‘This is the default screen display, which isn't that fancy, initially.’
      • ‘This reduces the number of keys needed to perform a given set of functions and permits a clearer and aesthetically more attractive display to be produced.’
      • ‘Following this, five trials of the same task were presented with the three-character display.’
      • ‘After a few minutes of stimulation, subjects reported that the left half of the visual display could no longer be seen.’
      • ‘Depending on the purpose, platforms with one to three axes, scalable visual systems and panoramic displays are possible.’
      • ‘The only signals required to be sent to the host were those necessary for us to see an exact image of the display on the remote computer.’
      • ‘The screen's display changed, bringing them an ever closer view of the gas giant they were approaching.’
      • ‘After a couple of seconds the start-up display appears and shows the owner's name and telephone number, which can only be input at the factory.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘unfurl, unfold’): from Old French despleier, from Latin displicare scatter, disperse (in medieval Latin unfold). Compare with deploy.

Pronunciation:

display

/dɪˈspleɪ/