Definition of display in English:

display

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Make a prominent exhibition of (something) in a place where it can be easily seen.

    ‘the palace used to display a series of Flemish tapestries’
    ‘a handwritten notice was displayed in the ticket office’
    • ‘The chocolates were prominently displayed, so of course I bought some before I left, despite my initial intention only to have a coffee.’
    • ‘Large, brightly-coloured signs warning against bathing in the reservoir and expressly the dangers of cold water are prominently displayed there.’
    • ‘Chopin's Preludes return independence to the hands in order to display a new kind of allusive dialogue between them.’
    • ‘The cameras were displayed in the chronological order of technological evolution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The introduction of an EU country of origin regulation would require the name and address of the beef producer or packager being prominently displayed.’
    • ‘And in the wake of the heat wave, it prominently displays a notice announcing that the shop is air conditioned!’
    • ‘Just about every pub displays a sign or notice advising women to keep an eye on their drinks.’
    • ‘Canadians scrambled to display US flags in order to express their sympathy.’
    • ‘In one a pair of manacles is prominently displayed.’
    • ‘Isn't Marx making a deliberately exaggerated statement of his own position in order to display its novelty?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just to remind everyone who is in charge, every notice displays the name of the Residents' Association at the top.’
    • ‘His collections are prominently displayed at the Lalit Kala Akademi and at the National Gallery of Modern Art.’
    • ‘And they maintain that their search results are still displayed in order of relevance.’
    • ‘These tickets are often chosen by passengers for their journey into town because they are prominently displayed on ticket machines.’
    exhibit, show, put on show, put on view, expose to view, present, unveil, set forth
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1(of a computer or other device) show (information) on a screen.
      • ‘Those images were captured by computer chips and displayed using thin computer screens.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Everytime that slender line went around the screen, it displayed the same image.’
      • ‘The rest of the screen displayed the highest magnification image of the city we could get.’
      • ‘Alone at his desk, the detective glances up at the black login screen displayed on the computer monitor.’
      • ‘Choosing the image displays the photo in fullscreen, scaled to fit on your TV.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The stored data were displayed on a computer screen to check quality of the recordings.’
      • ‘Erica looked at the screen which twinkled and displayed the image of the Chancellor on the background of his cabinet in the Palace.’
      • ‘Data from the controllers - including alerts of problems - are displayed on workstations and computers using Web browsers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By controlling where and when that field is applied, the screen can display an image.’
      • ‘True enough, it was Cravis' image being displayed on the screen.’
      • ‘The computer displayed the icon of folders on the screen.’
      • ‘It is not limited to dedicated handheld devices but can be displayed on any computer screen.’
      • ‘Once on the storage server, a photograph can be displayed on any TV screen or monitor in the house via a simple video client.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘More importantly, the author discusses how an image can be saved into a file rather than being displayed on screen.’
      • ‘It was used to control the images being displayed on the screen.’
    2. 1.2Give a conspicuous demonstration of (a quality, emotion, or skill)
      ‘the aggressive kind of baseball he displayed as a player’
      • ‘By marching together, carrying banners and chanting slogans, thousands of students peacefully displayed their anger and emotion against the war that had started.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In surviving the cut, an otherwise anguished Woods displayed admirable qualities of courage and resolve.’
      • ‘Of course some rule changes over the years have taken away the ability of players to display the skill of fielding.’
      • ‘Once the openers departed the Lankan middle order displayed the brittle nature of their batting to carve into some intelligent and accurate Indian bowling.’
      • ‘Gene readily responds without displaying any sign of disagreement or bewilderment that he will lead the snow statues committee.’
      • ‘Individual players are encouraged to display their skills by the whistling and ululation of the spectators.’
      • ‘The fans want to see Fittler, Lockyer and the 32 other players display their undoubted skills.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Players' Choice Award is presented to the one player who displays athletic skill, tenacity and desire while playing with a sportsmanlike attitude.’
      • ‘In any event, it would definitely not be nice to publish letters in order to display the ignorance of their writers.’
      • ‘The Captain displays an uncanny ability to sweat and smoulder simultaneously, and boasts a command of German that goes above and beyond the conversational.’
      • ‘This is a good chance for players to display their skills.’
      • ‘Chen revealed that the two paintings were created in the heyday of the two masters, fully displaying their talent and skill.’
      • ‘The centre of Rome had sported a giant map of Greece in order to display the military's triumphs to all Italian citizens.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is about those players displaying the skill and commitment to come up with a winning strategy, for the sake of the greater good.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fans have grown frustrated that a player who displayed such talent at Leeds just two years ago is almost unrecognisable now.’
    3. 1.3[no object](of a male bird, reptile, or fish) engage in a specialized pattern of behavior that is intended to attract a mate.
      ‘she photographed the peacock, which chose that moment to display’
      • ‘The male selects the nest area where he displays to attract the female.’
      • ‘Male Ruffs gather into groups in concentrated areas called leks, to display and attract females.’
      • ‘Sixty years ago the great ethologist Niko Tinbergen noticed a stickleback fish aggressively displaying toward the window of his fish tank.’
      • ‘When males display and mate at the sites where offspring develop, site choice and mate choice may not be independent.’
      • ‘Individual males moved and displayed within territories approximately 25 m in diameter.’
      • ‘Males may choose to display at sites associated with resources used by females.’
      • ‘My earliest diary records watching great spotted woodpeckers displaying.’
      • ‘We will go to where the male birds display or lekk and count the ones there.’
      • ‘Second, males may choose to display in locations or times of day that best complement their color signals.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Courtship display, however, we measured as display time during 5 min, starting when the male displayed for the first time.’
      • ‘Males utilize bright mating colorations when displaying on the lek and contribute only genes to their progeny.’
      • ‘Case 2: The two birds displayed or fought, and the intruder flew away from the site.’
      • ‘Males begin displaying in January, and eggs are laid from February through the end of May.’
      • ‘Startled females may also lose the opportunity to mate with more intensely displaying, preferred males.’
      • ‘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 display from a chosen nest-site by waving wings and pointing the bill skyward, exposing the skin of the throat.’
      • ‘The tail is cocked when alighting and the bird droops wings when displaying.’
      • ‘Males immediately began displaying to one another through the transparent partition after the opaque partition was removed.’

noun

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

    ‘a display of fireworks’
    • ‘In addition to performances and displays, the event also showed off achievements and contributions worldwide.’
    • ‘There will be a May Day event featuring a display of falconry and a performance by morris dancers.’
    • ‘The fireworks display is staged by Cambridgeshire-based Kimbolton.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Britain has given a remarkable display of solidarity following the terrorist attacks in London.’
    • ‘Many other relatives joined in the entertainment with a display of dancing and rendering of songs.’
    • ‘There are, of course, professional companies which stage firework displays and take every precaution to see that the most rigorous safety measures apply.’
    • ‘During the luncheon break, commando kennel dogs gave an entertaining display of dancing and attacking skills.’
    • ‘For years this has resulted in bland programme schedules largely filled with historical dramas, folk music performances, military displays and heavily censored news shows.’
    • ‘Ten balloons from around the nation took part in the Night Glow, a display event, where balloonists inflate anchored balloons on dusk.’
    • ‘The show is being staged by the Performing Arts Company, which performs similar displays across the country all year round.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The day will finish with one of the most spectacular firework displays Britain has ever staged.’
    • ‘On the exhibition front, the event's organiser Jayne Davies brought together the Evidence display, staged in the Malt Room.’
    • ‘The fireworks will be accompanied by music performances and laser light displays.’
    • ‘It's quite an event, with a fair, music and other entertainment, and the display is always spectacular.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘They also gain certificates through badge awards and perform displays and galas for the public,’ she said.’
    1. 1.1A collection of objects arranged for public viewing.
      ‘the museum houses an informative display of rocks’
      ‘work by lesser-known artists is also on display’
      [as modifier] ‘a display case’
      • ‘On display are some pearls but without all the glitter of jewellery.’
      • ‘Education played a key role at this year's Great Yorkshire Show, with children creating displays and staging scientific experiments.’
      • ‘Dazzling floral displays even further enhanced the exceptional architecture and beautiful interior of the church.’
      • ‘A vast selection, only about five per cent of the collection is ever on display.’
      • ‘Breads, pastries, rice and legume dishes were on display for the viewing and tasting pleasure of interested patrons.’
      • ‘On display will be a variety of patchwork and quilting including the earliest exhibit made by Martha Jackson in Westmorland in 1790.’
      • ‘He laughed and pointed me to the display case with chunks of yellow cheddar.’
      • ‘Display cabinets either side of the fireplace give plenty of space for storage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On display at the Butterfly House are Emperors or Blue Morphos.’
      • ‘The photos on display are among a collection of more than 2,000 photos he had taken on his three trips to that country.’
      • ‘The event will include displays from wine producers, whisky distillers and champagne tasters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Created by Mark Rode the piece will be included in a civic collection on display in King House, Boyle.’
      • ‘A ventriloquist and puppet collector is to put her rare collection on display.’
      • ‘Food is either selected from the display cabinets or ordered to be freshly made.’
      • ‘Some of his collection are now on display at his house, whose architectural inspiration was a mud mosque in Timbuktu.’
      • ‘As with most museums, only a tiny proportion of the collection is on display.’
      • ‘The collection of artefacts on display and their notable lineage contribute to this, but so does the setting, thatch and all.’
      • ‘Anyone driving down Shaw Road this summer might have been taken aback by a dazzling floral display.’
    2. 1.2A notable or conspicuous demonstration of a particular type of behavior, emotion, or skill.
      ‘a display of great virtuosity’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ger was also a highly skillful footballer and produced some skillful displays with his school teams.’
      • ‘In fact Vida has always been at odds with displays of technical virtuosity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Congratulations to the team for their heroic performances and great displays of darts, and good luck in the Charity Cup Final.’
      • ‘Some novelists trumpet their skill with showy displays; others demonstrate their expertise with quiet precision.’
      • ‘In near perfect rugby conditions Malton gave a display of high quality to destroy visitors Barnsley 49-13.’
      • ‘This was an excellent all-round performance and the best display from this team so far this year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have all come together with some brilliant individual performances that have contributed to excellent team displays.’
      • ‘England are among the teams who have produced an impressive display and an ineffective one.’
      • ‘Tickets for the display of musical virtuosity are £14.50.’
      • ‘The breathtaking display of skill and derring-do by the cadets of the National Cadet Corps on Sunday left one dumbfounded.’
      • ‘Even a single soldier was a colossal presence in battle; their fighting skills were a display of perfection.’
      • ‘Niall Dunphy s second goal in the 57th minute capped a very impressive display by Dunhill.’
      • ‘But Murphy capped a fine all-round display by claiming his 50th try for the club.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was certainly the best performance by a Laois team since the great displays by the minor three in a row side.’
    3. 1.3Conspicuous or flashy exhibition; ostentation.
      ‘a flagrant display of wealth’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She fell silent and all Natalie could do was watch the display of emotions flitting across her face.’
      • ‘The display of wealth is the most important way to show a superior position in society.’
      • ‘He thrived on the atmosphere and whipped the crowd into a frenzy with his expressive displays of emotions.’
      • ‘Most were exploited; many regularly witnessed ostentatious displays of wealth.’
      • ‘I don't like being touched and I don't like displays of emotion so I suppose I am very British in that respect.’
      • ‘More worrying perhaps is the perceived mental state of the Professor himself, what with the recent displays of uncharacteristic emotion.’
      • ‘The performed display of heartfelt emotion is a finely tuned act.’
      • ‘There has been enough display of wealth and muscle power.’
      • ‘When have you been touched by someone else's display of this vital emotion?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I also know my single friends are uncomfortable with witnessing the public display of affection sometimes demonstrated by couples.’
      • ‘Such a public display of affection should be banned from single people's eyes!’
      • ‘Sometimes improvised music seems like a selfish display of skills.’
      • ‘He saw public displays of affection, he sometimes saw fights.’
      • ‘Many sources describe the potlatch as a ceremony for the purpose of wealth display.’
      • ‘An even more dramatic display of wealth would be to remove the silver from circulation permanently, by burying it.’
      • ‘The ostentatious display of ill-gotten wealth only added to Adam's carefully masked anger.’
      • ‘The conspicuous display of obscene wealth is not a creation of Forbes or the Tatler, but goes back to the Pyramids and beyond.’
    4. 1.4A specialized pattern of behavior by the males of some species of birds, reptiles, and fish that is intended to attract a mate.
      ‘the teal were indulging in delightful courtship displays’
      • ‘Besides attracting predators, begging displays also take a toll on an animal's store of energy.’
      • ‘Courtship includes ledge displays with the male and female bowing to each other.’
      • ‘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 displays and bright coloration are usually assumed to provide information to females about some aspect of the male's value as a mate.’
      • ‘During his courtship display, the male puffs up his body and fans his tail.’
      • ‘Formation of pair bonds begins in October with courtship displays continuing until mating takes place, usually in March.’
      • ‘The majority of their energy is spent in finding a mate: mating displays for the males, copulation and, ultimately, egg laying for the females.’
      • ‘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 male performs spectacular courtship displays and two eggs are laid around mid-May, four days apart.’
      • ‘Bronzed Cowbirds perform spectacular three-part courtship displays incorporating both of their major categories of song.’
      • ‘Both the numbers of flight maneuvers and courtship displays of males increase with the number of females in a harem.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Males attract females to their nests with courtship displays.’
      • ‘Males use dramatic flight displays and songs to attract females.’
      • ‘Males perform aerial displays to attract mates and deter intruders.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Male courtship display includes extending the dorsal fin, pursuing, and eventually biting the female.’
    5. 1.5Printing
      The arrangement and choice of type in a style intended to attract attention.
      • ‘Incidentally, if you click on the analyzer, it switches through a number of different display styles.’
      • ‘Yet most appraisals of type technology and histories of proprietary typefounding still favor type for text instead of eye-catching display.’
  • 2An electronic device for the visual presentation of data.

    ‘a 17-inch color display’
    [as modifier] ‘a visual display screen’
    • ‘One example of a dynamic configuration parameter may be, for example, pixel depth and display screen resolution.’
    • ‘Alex sat up and reached for one of the display units on the table.’
    • ‘They find books boring and seem to have increasing difficulty relating to anything that doesn't have a visual display or screen.’
    • ‘Engineers at Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs have taken a significant step towards developing electronic paper-like displays.’
    • ‘Unlike other systems, the device is not an overlay on the plasma display causing image degradation.’
    • ‘The suit head piece had a visual display in the visor and was displaying a message.’
    • ‘Combined finger touch and stylus detection system for use on the viewing surface of a visual display device’
    • ‘The head-up display features symbology compatible with front-line aircraft.’
    • ‘Four-fifths of the liquid-crystal displays produced by Japan's second-biggest maker of flat screens are used in personal computers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some devices also have visual dashboard displays.’
    • ‘The cockpit is equipped with multifunction liquid crystal displays and electronic flight instruments.’
    • ‘A push of a button and a motorized mechanism reveals a 7 " LCD display screen.’
    • ‘And that has meant tight supplies of key components like liquid-crystal display panels and memory chips.’
    • ‘While the LCD display is backlit, the buttons, unfortunately, are not.’
    • ‘Error diffusion can create artifacts in the image as rendered by the display device.’
    • ‘‘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 insulator structure may also enhance the focus of electrons emitted by the field emitter device on the display screen.’
    • ‘The cockpit has five 8in x 8in colour multifunction liquid crystal displays for flight, mission systems and maintenance data.’
    • ‘In one condition the cues were arrows presented in the centre of a visual display, indicating the likely location of an impending target object.’
    measuring device, gauge, meter, measure
    View synonyms
    1. 2.1The process or facility of presenting data on a computer screen or other device.
      ‘the processing and display of high volumes of information’
      • ‘This is specially to facilitate those who may not have ample window access or display facilities.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are creating attractive multi-zone screens for immediate display.’
      • ‘When designing a typeface suitable for television display, all of these factors have to be accounted for.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Palm is piling it on with a much bigger display 320x320 and an attractive software bundle.’
      • ‘Our company is a world leader in the field of integration, processing and display of data from radars, sensors and databases.’
      • ‘The simulator then renders and animates the motion for display on your desktop computer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Other possibilities include gauge and progress bars, info boxes with timeouts and file display windows.’
      • ‘We process and convert these inputs through the device for display on the projection screen.’
      • ‘While the resolution is not good enough for printing, it's fine for a computer program and screen display.’
      • ‘You've got to try to sell them [the callers] a product, a message bank facility or a call number display facility.’
      • ‘This transceiver handles the processing, transmission and display of the wearer's vital signs.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 2.2The data shown on a computer screen or other device.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Following this, five trials of the same task were presented with the three-character display.’
      • ‘An easy to read backlit LCD display shows folder, recording time and battery power remaining.’
      • ‘With practice, participants become more efficient at searching, and can process the whole display with only one or two fixations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Depending on the purpose, platforms with one to three axes, scalable visual systems and panoramic displays are possible.’
      • ‘After a few minutes of stimulation, subjects reported that the left half of the visual display could no longer be seen.’
      • ‘The graphics card takes the job of drawing and redrawing the screen display away from the processor.’
      • ‘This is the default screen display, which isn't that fancy, initially.’
      • ‘The display digitising process will happen in many phases.’
      • ‘The screen's display changed, bringing them an ever closer view of the gas giant they were approaching.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And after the computer resizes the display, I ask her if it looks ok and whether she can read it.’
      • ‘The unit notifies the operator that it has captured and recorded the point by sounding an audible tone as well as a visual display.’

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

/dəˈsplā/