Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of sowing or scattering seed for propagation.
  • noun A spreading abroad for some fixed purpose or with some definite effect; propagation by means of diffusion or dispersion; extension of the influence or establishment of something.
  • noun Propagation by means of promulgation; a spreading abroad for or with acceptance, as of opinions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of disseminating, or the state of being disseminated; diffusion for propagation and permanence; a scattering or spreading abroad, as of ideas, beliefs, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of disseminating, or the state of being disseminated; diffusion for propagation and permanence; a scattering or spreading abroad, as of ideas, beliefs, etc.

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

  • noun the property of being diffused or dispersed
  • noun the act of dispersing or diffusing something
  • noun the opening of a subject to widespread discussion and debate

Etymologies

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Latin disseminatus, past participle of disseminare, from prefix dis- "in all directions" + seminare "to plant or propagate", from semen, seminis "seed."

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