American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To divide and dispense in portions.
- v. To supply (goods) to retailers.
- v. To deliver or pass out: distributing handbills on the street.
- v. To spread or diffuse over an area; scatter: distribute grass seed over the lawn.
- v. To apportion so as to be evenly spread throughout a given area: 180 pounds of muscle that were well distributed over his 6-foot frame.
- v. To separate into categories; classify.
- v. Logic To use (a term) so as to include all individuals or entities of a given class.
- v. Mathematics To be distributive.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To divide or parcel out; allot in shares; bestow in parts or shares, or in due proportion; apportion; divide among several: as, Moses distributed lands to the tribes of Israel; Christ distributed the loaves to his disciples; to distribute justice.
- To separate and put in place or order; arrange by classification or location: as, to distribute printing-types into their respective boxes (see II., 2); to distribute animals into classes, orders, genera, and species; to distribute the books in a library according to their subjects.
- To spread; scatter; disperse.
- To spread out; cover a surface or fill a space with: as, to distribute ink (that is, spread it evenly and smoothly) on printing-rollers; to distribute manure over a field; to distribute heat in a building.
- In logic, to employ in its full extent, as a term
- Synonyms Apportion, Allot, Assign (see dispense); partition, portion out.
- To classify, arrange, sort, assort, dispose.
- To make distribution; exercise charity.
- In printing, to put dead matter (that, is, composed types that are no longer needed for printing) into the cases, by holding a quantity of it upright in the left hand on a support, and throwing the sepa rate types from a number taken between the thumb and first and second fingers of the right hand into their proper boxes; to “throw in”: as, he distributes rapidly.
- v. transitive To divide into portions and dispense.
- v. transitive To supply to retail outlets.
- v. transitive To deliver or pass out.
- v. transitive To scatter or spread.
- v. transitive To apportion (more or less evenly).
- v. transitive To classify or separate into categories.
- v. intransitive, mathematics To be distributive.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To divide among several or many; to deal out; to apportion; to allot.
- v. To dispense; to administer.
- v. To divide or separate, as into classes, orders, kinds, or species; to classify; to assort, as specimens, letters, etc.
- v. To separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases.
- v. To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.
- v. (Logic) To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as universal in one premise.
- v. To make distribution.
- v. administer or bestow, as in small portions
- v. distribute or disperse widely
- v. spread throughout a given area
- v. make available
- v. cause to become widely known
- v. be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses
- v. cause be distributed
- v. be mathematically distributive
- v. to arrange in a systematic order
- v. give to several people
- From Latin distributus, past participle of distribuere ("to divide, distribute"), from dis- ("apart") + tribuere ("to give, impart"); see tribute. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English distributen, from Latin distribuere, distribūt- : dis-, apart; see dis- + tribuere, to give; see tribute. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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