displacement

displacement

[dis-pleys-muhnt]
displacement, in psychology: see defense mechanism.

Performance by an animal of an act inappropriate for the stimulus or stimuli that evoked it. It usually occurs when an animal is torn between two conflicting drives, such as fear and aggression. Displacement activities often consist of comfort movements (e.g., grooming, scratching).

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Displacement may refer to:

Physical sciences

Physics

  • Displacement (vector), in Newtonian mechanics, specifies the position of a point in reference to an origin or to a previous position.In simple terms, its the difference between the initial position and the final position of an object

Engineering

  • 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

Chemistry

Geology

Medicine

Linguistics

  • Displacement: Languages can be used to communicate ideas about things that are not in the immediate vicinity either spatially or temporally. One of the properties that separates Human Language from Animal Language.

Social sciences

Sport

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