dispersion

The noun dispersion means the process of distributing something over an area. A combination of your yearly planting of new bulbs and their natural tendency to spread has led to the dispersion of daffodils over your entire back yard.

Dispersion refers to the act of spreading something, like your dispersion of sprinkles evenly over three dozen cupcakes. It can also be used to talk about the scattering of something across a very large range, such as the dispersion of people with Scottish heritage across the United States. The Latin root word is dispersione, which means a scattering.

Definitions of dispersion
  1. noun
    spreading widely or driving off
    synonyms: scattering
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    types:
    Diaspora
    the dispersion of the Jews outside Israel; from the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 587-86 BC when they were exiled to Babylonia up to the present time
    dissipation
    breaking up and scattering by dispersion
    type of:
    spread, spreading
    process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space
  2. noun
    the act of dispersing or diffusing something
    “the dispersion of the troops”
    synonyms: diffusion, dispersal, dissemination
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    crop-dusting, spraying
    the dispersion of fungicides or insecticides or fertilizer on growing crops (often from a low-flying aircraft)
    type of:
    spread, spreading
    act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time
  3. noun
    the spatial or geographic property of being scattered about over a range, area, or volume
    synonyms: distribution
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    compactness, concentration, denseness, density, tightness
    the spatial property of being crowded together
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    complementary distribution, complementation
    (linguistics) a distribution of related speech sounds or forms in such a way that they only appear in different contexts
    diaspora
    the dispersion or spreading of something that was originally localized (as a people or language or culture)
    diffusion, dissemination
    the property of being diffused or dispersed
    innervation
    the distribution of nerve fibers to an organ or body region
    scatter, spread
    a haphazard distribution in all directions
    diffuseness
    the spatial property of being spread out over a wide area or through a large volume
    type of:
    spacing, spatial arrangement
    the property possessed by an array of things that have space between them
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