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dis•play



Pronunciation: (di-splā'), [key]
v.t.
1. to show or exhibit; make visible: to display a sign.
2. to reveal; betray: to display fear.
3. to unfold; open out; spread out: to display a sail.
4. to show ostentatiously; flaunt.
5. Print.to give special prominence to (words, captions, etc.) by choice, size, and arrangement of type.
6. Computers.to output (data) on a CRT or other screen.

v.i.
(of animals) to engage in a stereotyped behavior that conveys information to individuals of the same or another species.

n.
1. an act or instance of displaying; exhibition: a display of courage.
2. an ostentatious show: a vulgar display of wealth.
3. Print.
a. the giving of prominence to particular words, sentences, etc., by the choice, size, and arrangement of types and position, as in an advertisement, headline, or news story.
b. printed matter thus displayed.
4. an arrangement, as of merchandise, art objects, or flowers, designed to please the eye, attract buyers, etc.
5. the visual representation of the output of an electronic device, as the screen of a cathode ray tube.
6. Animal Behav.
a. a pattern of behavior, as posturing, calling, or exposing a color patch, that conveys information to individuals of the same or another species: a threat display.
b. an instance of such behavior.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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