The adjective dispersed can describe anything that's spread across a distance. You might use the Internet to stay in touch with your dispersed family, who live everywhere from Maine to California.

The Latin root of dispersed is dispersus, meaning "to scatter." Anything that's distributed or spread out can be described as dispersed, used either as an adjective or a verb. Seeds that are planted evenly across a huge field are dispersed. When a crowd of people gathered in one place all leave, heading in different directions from where they met, you can say they dispersed.

Definitions of dispersed
  1. adjective
    distributed or spread over a considerable extent
    “has ties with many widely dispersed friends”
    synonyms: spread
    spread out or scattered about or divided up
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