from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of dispersing or the condition of being dispersed; distribution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or result of dispersing or scattering; dispersion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or result of dispersing or scattering; dispersion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n.
  • n. Dispersion.

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

  • n. the act of dispersing or diffusing something


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  • It would be hilarious if it was to be read during a ‘modern’ protest, where dispersal is the very thing which plod sets out to prevent.

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  • Oh, and there would be a little thing called a dispersal draft to be worked out if there is contraction. - Subtle signs say more trouble ahead

  • Their dispersal is a reaction to only one piece of the plan.

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  • The travels of the young lion, 2 to 5 years old and not quite full grown, are a familiar pattern called dispersal, in which young males look for mates.

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  • The powers, known as a dispersal order, are effective for six months and cover all of the city's Morton electoral ward and part of Castle Ward, up to Stanhope Road.

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  • Natural dispersal occurs when newly hatched larvae hanging from host trees on silken threads are carried by the wind for a distance of up to about 1 mile, although most go less than 50 meters.

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  • Artificial dispersal occurs when people transport gypsy moth eggs thousands of miles from infested areas on cars and recreational vehicles, firewood, household goods, and other personal possessions.

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  • However, effects could be localized or widespread depending on dispersal, which is in turn related to the complex interactions among local current patterns and larval duration and behavior

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  • The company had been displaced over the summer when the City Council refused to grant the Wine Bar on Wharf Street an entertainment license due to the so-called dispersal ordinance which prohibits venues within 100 feet of one another from receiving an entertainment license. Blogs Stories

  • As I recall the dispersal and disappearance of nearly all the participators in this once famous shipwreck (a mere handful being recovered at last), and the legends that were long afterwards revived from time to time among the English officers at the Cape, of a white woman with an infant, said to have been seen weeping outside a savage hut far in the interior, who was whisperingly associated with the remembrance of the missing ladies saved from the wrecked vessel, and who was often sought but never found, thoughts of another kind of travel came into my mind.

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