display (dĭ-splāʹ) verb
displayed, displaying, displays
1. a. To present or hold up to view. b. Computer Science. To provide (information or graphics) on a screen.
2. To give evidence of; manifest.
3. To exhibit ostentatiously; show off.
4. To be endowed with an identifiable form or character: a shrub that displays hardiness.
5. To express, as by gestures or bodily posture: a smirk that displayed contempt.
6. To spread out; unfurl: The peacock displayed its fan.
Computer Science. To provide information or graphics on a screen: a personal computer that displays and prints.
1. a. The act of displaying. b. A public exhibition. c. Objects or merchandise set out for viewing by the public.
2. A demonstration or manifestation: a display of temper.
3. a. Biology. A specialized pattern of behavior used to communicate visually, such as the presentation of colors or plumage by male birds as part of courtship or intimidation. b. An instance of such behavior.
4. Ostentatious exhibition.
5. An advertisement or headline designed to catch the eye.
6. a. Computer Science. A device that gives information in a visual form, as on a screen. b. A visual representation of information.
Often used to modify another noun: a display cabinet; picked display type for the new advertising campaign.
[Middle English displayen, from Anglo-Norman despleier, from Medieval Latin displicāre, to unfold, from Latin, to scatter : dis-, apart. See dis- + plicāre, to fold.]
Synonyms: display, array, panoply, parade, pomp. The central meaning shared by these nouns is "an impressive or ostentatious exhibition": a tasteless display of wealth; an array of diamond rings in a showcase; a panoply of alpine peaks; a parade of knowledge and virtue; the pomp of a coronation ceremony. See also synonyms at show.