AskDefine | Define displace

Dictionary Definition



1 take the place of
2 force to move; "the refugees were displaced by the war" [syn: force out]
3 move (people) forcibly from their homeland into a new and foreign environment; "The war uprooted many people" [syn: uproot, deracinate]
4 cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant" [syn: move]
5 remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied; "The new employee dislodged her by moving into her office space" [syn: dislodge, bump]
6 put out of its usual place, position, or relationship; "The colonists displaced the natives" [syn: dislocate]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. to move something, or someone, especially to forcibly move people from their homeland
  2. to supplant, or take the place of something or someone; to substitute
  3. In the context of "of a floating ship": to have a weight equal to that of the water displaced


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Extensive Definition

Displacement may refer to:

Physical sciences



  • Engine displacement, the total volume of air/fuel mixture an engine can draw in during one complete engine cycle
  • Displacement (fluid), an object immersed in a fluid pushes it out of the way
  • Displacement has several meanings related to ships and boats
    • Displacement hull, where the moving hull's weight is supported by buoyancy alone and it must displace water from its path rather than planing on the water's surface
    • Displacement speed, a rule of thumb for non planing watercraft to estimate their theoretical maximum speed
    • Displacement (ship), several related measurements of a ship's weight
  • Displacement mapping, a technique in 3D computer graphics




Social sciences


See also

displace in Simple English: Displacement
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