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public display of affection

A physical act of intimacy between a romantic couple done in the view of others. Often shortened to the abbreviation "PDA." I really wish you didn't have such a hang-up over public displays of affection—no one cares if we have a quick kiss out in the open! When we go out, my girlfriend is always trying to hold my hand or kiss me, even though she knows that any public display of affection makes me uncomfortable. I don't mind PDAs in general, but teenagers take it way too far.
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display (something) to (someone)

To show or present something to someone. I display my diplomas in my office so that my clients immediately see my credentials.
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display something to someone

to show something to someone. The peacock displayed his tail feathers to the other birds. Would you please display the artwork to the committee?
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on display

In public view; for all to see.
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A liveried footman opened the door, and in reply to Ralph's inquiry whether Madame Mantalini was at home, ushered them, through a handsome hall and up a spacious staircase, into the show saloon, which comprised two spacious drawing-rooms, and exhibited an immense variety of superb dresses and materials for dresses: some arranged on stands, others laid carelessly on sofas, and others again, scattered over the carpet, hanging on the cheval-glasses, or mingling, in some other way, with the rich furniture of various descriptions, which was profusely displayed.
I think it will be admitted, without my entering on details, that secondary sexual characters are very variable; I think it also will be admitted that species of the same group differ from each other more widely in their secondary sexual characters, than in other parts of their organisation; compare, for instance, the amount of difference between the males of gallinaceous birds, in which secondary sexual characters are strongly displayed, with the amount of difference between their females; and the truth of this proposition will be granted.
It is a remarkable fact, that the secondary sexual differences between the two sexes of the same species are generally displayed in the very same parts of the organisation in which the different species of the same genus differ from each other.
We see this tendency to become striped most strongly displayed in hybrids from between several of the most distinct species.
The first heart through which he came, was that of a middle-aged lady, but he instantly fancied himself in the room of the "Institution for the cure of the crooked and deformed," where casts of mis-shapen limbs are displayed in naked reality on the wall.
From our present point of view, it is difficult to exclude perception from knowledge; at any rate, knowledge is displayed by actions based upon perception.
Two or three flags were even displayed, and the children put on odds and ends of ribbon.
GammaComp - allows for selectable preset or customized gamma curves to be displayed, including the DICOM GSDF curve
Color Detail Adjustment enables the plasma to alter the color of a specific item being displayed in an image without changing the characteristics of the image.
It is imperative to the quality of the displayed images that these sections remain even and flush at the face to provide a uniform appearance.
Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: PANL; PHLX: PNL), a leading developer of Organic Light Emitting Device (OLED) technology, conducted its annual meeting today and showed its shareholders a flexible, plastic display with video pictures displayed using the company's phosphorescent OLED technology.
An AM Poly-OLED prototype from this development will be displayed at the Society for Information Display conference (SID) in San Jose, Calif.
In October 2000 eMagin publicly displayed the world's highest resolution microdisplay prototype, its SVGA+ (super video graphics array) which features over 1.