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

  • transitive v. To distribute among other things at intervals: interspersed red and blue tiles on the walls; intersperse praise with constructive criticism.
  • transitive v. To supply or diversify with things distributed at intervals: interspersed lamp fixtures on the large ceiling; a newspaper section that was interspersed with advertisements.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To mix two things irregularly, placing things of one kind among things of other:

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To scatter or set here and there among other things; to insert at intervals.
  • transitive v. To diversify or adorn with things set or scattered at intervals; to place something at intervals in or among.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To scatter between; place here and there among other things: as, to intersperse shrubs among trees.
  • To diversify by scattering or disposing various objects here and there.

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

  • v. place at intervals in or among
  • v. introduce one's writing or speech with certain expressions


From Latin interspergere, interspers- : inter-, inter- + spargere, to scatter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin interspersus. (Wiktionary)



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