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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or involving distribution.
  • adj. Serving to distribute.
  • adj. Mathematics Of or relating to a rule that the same product results in multiplication when performed on a set of numbers as when performed on members of the set individually. If a × (b + c) = a × b + a × c, then × is distributive over +.
  • adj. Grammar Referring to each individual or entity of a group separately rather than collectively, as every in the sentence Every employee attended the meeting.
  • n. A distributive word or term.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to distribution.
  • adj. A property of functions that have a rule describing how the function can be performed to the individual components of another operation.
  • n. A distributive adjective or pronoun.
  • n. A distributive numeral.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to distribute; serving to divide and assign in portions; dealing to each his proper share.
  • adj. Assigning the species of a general term.
  • adj. Expressing separation; denoting a taking singly, not collectively.
  • n. A distributive adjective or pronoun; also, a distributive numeral.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That distributes; dividing and assigning in portions; dealing to each his proper share.
  • Specifically—2. In logic, showing that a statement refers to each individual of a class separately, and not to these individuals as making up the whole class.
  • Expressing separation or division: as, a distributive prefix: specifically, in grammar, used to denote the persons or things that constitute a pair or number, as considered separately and singly: as, a distributive pronoun; a distributive numeral.
  • In mathematics, operating upon every part in operating upon the whole
  • F Φ (x, y, z, etc.) = Φ (Fx, Fy, Fz, etc.).
  • In a more general sense, every formula which expresses that the operations f, F, Φ, are so related that in every case Φ F(x, y) = f (Φx, Φy).
  • n. In grammar, a word that divides or distributes, as each and every, which represent the individuals of a collective number as separate.

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

  • adj. serving to distribute or allot or disperse


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