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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. You'll have to display your credentials to the guard before you can enter.
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display of force

A display of one's power, influence, or capability to cause harm, meant to act as a warning or deterrent to others. The president said that such a display of force will be treated as an act of aggression by the foreign country and could lead to a declaration of war. The march by union organizers is intended as a display of force to politicians threatening to weaken their bargaining powers.
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on display

In front of everyone; for public viewing. The talent on display in this game is downright remarkable. Please lower your voice—I'd rather now have our personal problems on display for the entire neighborhood to see.
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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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Display features animated train, ice skaters, Santa and sleigh, Christmas music, lights, ``Snowland'' Christmas town.
The design of displays with LEPs is simple: a conducting transparent anode layer such as indium tin oxide is deposited on a glass substrate, followed by a conducting polymer layer (See Fig).
is a leading provider of innovative LCD displays and integrated display solutions.
Designed for professionals who rely on image excellence, both of the new NEC MultiSync LCD2490WUXi and LCD2690WUXi displays feature a 12-bit Look-Up Table (LUT) for unparalleled color breadth and depth, and ColorComp for improved color, brightness and grayscale uniformity.
To see how Universal Display Corporation is changing the face of the display industry, please visit the Company at http://www.
After years of painstaking research, however, Universal Display made a major breakthrough in blue phosphorescent OLED lifetime in 2005.
Today, most grayscale LCD displays are able to display only 256 calibrated gray shades, due mostly to software and hardware limitations.
The display also boasts a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 9-millisecond response time (gray-to-gray), a contrast ratio of 1600:1, and native resolution of 1366 x 768 for superior display-quality text and graphics performance.
Universal Display's proprietary PHOLED technology offers up to four times higher efficiency than conventional OLED technology - a feature that is very important for displays that range from battery-operated cell phones to large-area TVs, as well as for a variety of new white lighting products envisioned with the development of OLED technology.
Department of Defense for the development of FOLED[TM] flexible OLED displays on plastic and metallic foil substrates.
OLED displays are currently used in cell phones, MP3 players and PDAs, and are widely recognized as a strong candidate for use in the next generation of flat screen televisions.
The Aydin Displays 24" Rugged Flat Panel Display was selected by BAE Systems for its severe ruggedization characteristics while being extremely light weight for airborne applications.
Bert Alleyne, Senior Scientist of Universal Display, presented a paper titled "White phosphorescent organic light emitting devices for lighting applications," highlighting Universal Display's advances in white OLED technology.