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DISPLAY, verb transitive [Latin , gr., to unfold.]

1. Literally, to unfold; hence, to open; to spread wide; to expand.

The northern wind his wings did broad display

2. To spread before the view; to show; to exhibit to the eyes, or to the mind; to make manifest. The works of nature display the power and wisdom of the Supreme Being. Christian charity displays the effects of true piety. A dress, simple and elegant, displays female taste and beauty to advantage.

3. To carve; to dissect and open.

He carves, displays, and cuts up to a wonder.

4. To set to view ostentatiously.

5. To discover. [Not in use.]

6. To open; to unlock. [Not used.]


1. An opening or unfolding; an exhibition of any thing to the view.

2. Show; exhibition; as, they make a great display of troops; a great display of magnificence.