3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Distribute \Dis*trib"ute\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Distributed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distributing}.] [L. distributus, p. p. of distribuere to divide, distribute; dis- + tribuere to assign, give, allot. See {Tribute}.]

1. To divide among several or many; to deal out; to apportion; to allot.

She did distribute her goods to all them that were nearest of kindred. --Judith xvi. 24.

2. To dispense; to administer; as, to distribute justice. --Shak.

3. To divide or separate, as into classes, orders, kinds, or species; to classify; to assort, as specimens, letters, etc.

4. (Printing) (a) To separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases. (b) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.

5. (Logic) To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as universal in one premise.

A term is said to be distributed when it is taken universal, so as to stand for everything it is capable of being applied to. --Whately.

Syn: To dispense; deal out; apportion; allot; share; assign; divide.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

distributed \distributed\ adjective

1. spread from a central location to multiple points or recipients. Opposite of {concentrated}. [Narrower terms: {apportioned, dealt out, doled out, meted out, parceled out}; {diffuse, diffused}; {dispensed}; {dispersed, spread}; {divided, divided up, shared, shared out on the basis of a plan or purpose)}; {encyclical}; {rationed}; {scattered, widespread}; {sparse, thin}; {unfocused, unfocussed}] Also See: {distributive}. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

2. spread among a variety of securities; -- of investments.

Syn: diversified. [WordNet 1.5]

Distributing to the necessity of saints. --Rom. xii. 13.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: spread out or scattered about or divided up [ant: {concentrated}]

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