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positive displacement pump

1. n. [Drilling, Well Workover and Intervention, Well Completions]

A type of fluid pump in which the displacement volume of the pump is fixed for each rotation of the pump. Generally associated with high-pressure applications, positive-displacement pumps are commonly used in drilling operations to circulate the drilling fluid and in a range of oil and gas well treatments, such as cementing, matrix treatments and hydraulic fracturing.