Displacement Dis*place"ment, n. [Cf. F. d['e]placement.] 1. The act of displacing, or the state of being displaced; a putting out of place. [1913 Webster]

Unnecessary displacement of funds. --A. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

The displacement of the sun by parallax. --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

2. The quantity of anything, as water, displaced by a floating body, as by a ship, the weight of the displaced liquid being equal to that of the displacing body. [1913 Webster]

3. (Chem.) The process of extracting soluble substances from organic material and the like, whereby a quantity of saturated solvent is displaced, or removed, for another quantity of the solvent. [1913 Webster]

{Piston displacement} (Mech.), the volume of the space swept through, or weight of steam, water, etc., displaced, in a given time, by the piston of a steam engine or pump. [1913 Webster]

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