When you display something, you show everyone. If you run up to someone in the street, throw your arms around her, and plant a big kiss on her face, you're displaying your affection for all the world to see.

Besides public displays of emotion, a display can also be common and lifeless. Department store windows often have elaborate displays of the latest fashions, and your computer screen can also be called a display. If you’re especially proud of your butterfly collection, you can put it on display in your office. When showing off for the ladies, peacocks fan out their colorful tail feathers, and that, too, is called a display — a word for male animal courtship behavior.

Definitions of display

n something intended to communicate a particular impression

“made a display of strength”
big stick
a display of force or power
gaudery, pomp
cheap or pretentious or vain display
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demo, demonstration
a visual presentation showing how something works

n a visual representation of something

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an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade
Snellen chart
display consisting of a printed card with letters and numbers in lines of decreasing size; used to test visual acuity
an elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale
bullfight, corrida
a Spanish or Portuguese or Latin American spectacle; a matador baits and (usually) kills a bull in an arena before many spectators
naumachia, naumachy
a naval spectacle; a mock sea battle put on by the ancient Romans
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a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something

n something shown to the public

exhibit, showing
a visible display
light show
a display of colored lights moving in shifting patterns
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the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining

n exhibiting openly in public view

“a display of courage”
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acting out
(psychiatry) the display of previously inhibited emotions (often in actions rather than words); considered to be healthy and therapeutic
an impressive display
screening, showing, viewing
the display of a motion picture
anything that is seen
fanfare, flash, ostentation
a gaudy outward display
the act of displaying something ostentatiously
the act of making something publicly available; presenting news or other information by broadcasting or printing it
a screening for a select audience in advance of release for the general public
something or someone seen (especially a notable or unusual sight)
bluster, bravado
a swaggering show of courage
extravagant and conspicuous behavior intended to attract attention to yourself
ostentatious display of elegance
an ostentatious display (of effort or extravagance etc.)
an ostentatious and inappropriate display of learning
putting on display for the first time
a presentation for the stage or screen or radio or television
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something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups

n behavior that makes your feelings public

“a display of emotion”
a deliberate display of emotion for effect
a display that is exaggerated or unduly complicated
sackcloth and ashes
a display of extreme remorse or repentance or grief
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disclosure, revealing, revelation
the speech act of making something evident

n an electronic device that represents information in visual form

video display
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caller ID
a small display that will show you the telephone number of the party calling you
alphanumeric display, digital display
a display that gives the information in the form of characters (numbers or letters)
board, display board, display panel
a vertical surface on which information can be displayed to public view
FPD, flat panel display
a type of video display that is thin and flat; commonly used in laptop computers
monitor, monitoring device
display produced by a device that takes signals and displays them on a television screen or a computer monitor
CRT screen, screen
the display that is electronically created on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube
VDU, visual display unit
(British) British term for video display
(computer science) a rectangular part of a computer screen that contains a display different from the rest of the screen
background, desktop, screen background
(computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
big board
the large display board at the New York Stock Exchange that reports on stocks traded on the exchange
computer monitor
a device that displays signals on a computer screen
computer display, computer screen
a screen used to display the output of a computer to the user
dialog box, panel
(computer science) a small temporary window in a graphical user interface that appears in order to request information from the user; after the information has been provided the user dismisses the box with `okay' or `cancel'
(computer science) a window for an active application
LCD, liquid crystal display
a digital display that uses liquid crystal cells that change reflectivity in an applied electric field; used for portable computer displays and watches etc.
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electronic device
a device that accomplishes its purpose electronically

v show; make visible or apparent

“National leaders will have to display the highest skills of statesmanship”
exhibit, expose
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display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer
bring forth, produce
bring out for display
hold up
hold up something as an example; hold up one's achievements for admiration
exhibit on a bench
expose one's buttocks to
flash, flaunt, ostentate, show off, swank
display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
exhibit aggressively
display (clothes) as a mannequin
model, pose, posture, sit
assume a posture as for artistic purposes
gibbet, pillory
expose to ridicule or public scorn
turn on
produce suddenly or automatically
exhibit the strength of
be showy or ostentatious
be rampant
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make visible or noticeable

v attract attention by displaying some body part or posing; of animals

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court, romance, solicit, woo
make amorous advances towards

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