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DEMONSTRATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does demonstration mean? 

DEMONSTRATION (noun)
  The noun DEMONSTRATION has 5 senses:

1. a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view
2. a show of military force or preparedness
3. a public display of group feelings (usually of a political nature)
4. proof by a process of argument or a series of proposition proving an asserted conclusion
5. a visual presentation showing how something works

  Familiarity information: DEMONSTRATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEMONSTRATION (noun)


Sense 1demonstration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

demonstration; presentation; presentment

Context examples:

the presentation of new data / he gave the customer a demonstration

Hypernyms ("demonstration" is a kind of...):

show (the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "demonstration"):

exhibition (the act of exhibiting)

exposure (presentation to view in an open or public manner)

performance (the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment)

lecture demonstration (presentation of an example of what the lecturer is discoursing about)

counterdemonstration (a demonstration held in opposition to another demonstration)


Sense 2demonstration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A show of military force or preparedness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

he confused the enemy with feints and demonstrations

Hypernyms ("demonstration" is a kind of...):

show (the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)


Sense 3demonstration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A public display of group feelings (usually of a political nature)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

demonstration; manifestation

Context example:

there were violent demonstrations against the war

Hypernyms ("demonstration" is a kind of...):

dissent; objection; protest (the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent)

Domain category:

government; political science; politics (the study of government of states and other political units)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "demonstration"):

protest march (occasion when you can express opposition by marching (usually on some government institution) without a license)

work-in (occasion when workers continue to work as a protest against e.g. proposed dismissal or closure of the factory)

Instance hyponyms:

Boston Tea Party (demonstration (1773) by citizens of Boston who (disguised as Indians) raided three British ships in Boston harbor and dumped hundreds of chests of tea into the harbor; organized as a protest against taxes on tea)


Sense 4demonstration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Proof by a process of argument or a series of proposition proving an asserted conclusion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

monstrance; demonstration

Hypernyms ("demonstration" is a kind of...):

proof (a formal series of statements showing that if one thing is true something else necessarily follows from it)


Sense 5demonstration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A visual presentation showing how something works

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

demo; demonstration

Context examples:

the lecture was accompanied by dramatic demonstrations / the lecturer shot off a pistol as a demonstration of the startle response

Hypernyms ("demonstration" is a kind of...):

visual communication (communication that relies on vision)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "demonstration"):

display; show (something intended to communicate a particular impression)

expression; manifestation; reflection; reflexion (expression without words)

exemplification; illustration (showing by example)


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