Meaning of electric displacement

elec'tric displace'ment

Pronunciation: [key]
— Elect. Elect.
  1. the part of the electric field that is determined solely by free charges, without reference to the dielectric properties of the surrounding medium: measured in coulombs per square meter. Symbol: D Also called
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