Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
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Dis*play" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Displayed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Displaying.] [OE. displaien, desplaien, OF. despleier, desploier, F. déployer; pref. des- (L. dis-) + pleier, ploier, plier, F. ployer, plier, to fold, bend, L. plicare. See Ply, and cf. Deploy, Splay.]
1. To unfold; to spread wide; to expand; to stretch out; to spread.
The northern wind his wings did broad display.
2. (Mil.) To extend the front of (a column), bringing it into line.
3. To spread before the view; to show; to exhibit to the sight, or to the mind; to make manifest.
His statement . . . displays very clearly the actual condition of the army.
4. To make an exhibition of; to set in view conspicuously or ostentatiously; to exhibit for the sake of publicity; to parade.
Proudly displaying the insignia of their order.
5. (Print.) To make conspicuous by large or prominent type.
6. To discover; to descry. [Obs.]
And from his seat took pleasure to display
The city so adorned with towers.
Syn. -- To exhibit; show; manifest; spread out; parade; expand; flaunt.
Dis*play", v. i. To make a display; to act as one making a show or demonstration.
1. An opening or unfolding; exhibition; manifestation.
Having witnessed displays of his power and grace.
2. Ostentatious show; exhibition for effect; parade.
He died, as erring man should die,
Without display, without parade.