Definitions

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of disperse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Scattered.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Scattered: specifically, in entomology, said of spots, punctures, etc., which are placed irregularly, but near together—scattered being applied to spots that are both irregular and far apart.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. distributed or spread over a considerable extent

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Examples

  • "Let there be light, and there was light" a ripple of light, and a flash, then the darkness broke and dispersed from the face of the waters.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • In a dramatic change of circumstances, the Shikarpuris were largely dispersed from the Durrani polity Markovits credits with ushering their commercial network to interregional prominence in the first instance. 51

    Connecting Histories in Afghanistan: Market Relations and State Formation on a Colonial Frontier

  • I bet he was one of the youths dispersed from the bus shelters. on August 25, 2007 at 1: 31 pm | Reply syl2000

    A Tick In The Box For Nothing In Particular. « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • • They, or their ancestors, have been dispersed from a specific original center to two or more ‘peripheral’, or foreign, regions;

    African blessings

  • A study published last May in Nature found that the toxins dispersed from the pollen of Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) corn, a Novartis product, can kill nonpest insects, including the monarch butterfly — a problem with potentially enormous ecological implications.

    The Kept University

  • The morning vapors having dispersed from the opposite plain, and Helen quite refreshed by her long repose, Wallace seated her on horseback, and they recommenced their journey.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • As it was evident he was in no mood for converse, Sybil, who seemed to exercise considerable authority over the crew, with a word dispersed them, and they herded back to their respective habitations.

    Rookwood

  • In them there was a type of the Jews who rejected Christ and were rejected by him, and then fell more than ever under the curse, when those who believed were inheriting the blessing; for they were broken, and ruined, and remain dispersed unto this day.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • One they categorised as centralised, which was characterised by autocratic forms of control, and the other they called dispersed, which promoted what they called "an informal atmosphere of free-flowing ideas."

    slackbastard

  • Romans and confederates were persuaded to march under his banners; every malecontent embraced the fair opportunity of revenging his private or imaginary wrongs; and the remaining troops of Belisarius were divided and dispersed from the garrisons of Sicily to the shores of the Hadriatic.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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    April 1, 2009