from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To divide and dispense in portions.
- transitive v. To supply (goods) to retailers.
- transitive v. To deliver or pass out: distributing handbills on the street.
- transitive v. To spread or diffuse over an area; scatter: distribute grass seed over the lawn.
- transitive 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.
- transitive v. To separate into categories; classify.
- transitive v. Logic To use (a term) so as to include all individuals or entities of a given class.
- intransitive v. Mathematics To be distributive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To divide into portions and dispense.
- v. To supply to retail outlets.
- v. To deliver or pass out.
- v. To scatter or spread.
- v. To apportion (more or less evenly).
- v. To classify or separate into categories.
- v. To be distributive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To divide among several or many; to deal out; to apportion; to allot.
- transitive v. To dispense; to administer.
- transitive v. To divide or separate, as into classes, orders, kinds, or species; to classify; to assort, as specimens, letters, etc.
- transitive v.
- transitive v. To separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases.
- transitive v. To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.
- transitive v. To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as universal in one premise.
- intransitive v. To make distribution.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
From Latin distributus, past participle of distribuere ("to divide, distribute"), from dis- ("apart") + tribuere ("to give, impart"); see tribute. (Wiktionary)