from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of dispersing.
- n. The state of being dispersed.
- n. The Diaspora of the Jews.
- n. Statistics The degree of scatter of data, usually about an average value, such as the median.
- n. Physics Separation of a complex wave into its component parts according to a given characteristic, such as frequency or wavelength.
- n. Physics Separation of visible light into colors by refraction or diffraction.
- n. Chemistry See disperse system.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being dispersed; dispersedness.
- n. A process of dispersing.
- n. The degree of scatter of data.
- n. The separation of visible light by refraction or diffraction.
- n. The removal of inflammation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of scattering or dispersing, or the state of being scattered or separated
- n. The separation of light into its different colored rays, arising from their different refrangibilities.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of dispersing or scattering.
- n. The state of being dispersed or scattered abroad: as, the dispersion of the Jews.
- n. In optics, the separation of the different colored rays in refraction, arising from their different, wave-lengths.
- n. In medicine and surgery, the scattering or removal of inflammation from a part and the restoration of the part to its natural state.
- n. In mathematics, the excess of the average value of a function at less than an infinitesimal distance from a point over the value at that point, this excess being divided by 1/10 of the square of the limiting infinitesimal distance.
- n. In physiol, optics, the blurring of the retinal image due to faulty accommodation.
- n. In botany, the distribution of seeds and of plants by various means, as by the wind, by birds and animals, etc.
- n. The tendency of material particles or bodies, including conscious individuals, to go apart, as from a center; hence, in the phenomena of population, the continual breaking down and dispersing of aggregations, counteracting a tendency toward concentration. See law of *aggregation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of dispersing or diffusing something
- n. the spatial or geographic property of being scattered about over a range, area, or volume
- n. spreading widely or driving off
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