Distribution means the passing out of something. A teacher is in charge of distribution of corrected essays. A lunch lady manages the distribution of food.

Distribution can also refer to the way something is distributed. In our country, many are concerned about the distribution of wealth, which is increasingly concentrated in the hands of the richest few. When you put money in a brokerage account, it's called a contribution. Taking it out is a distribution.

Definitions of distribution
  1. noun
    the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning
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    assigning, assignment
    the act of distributing something to designated places or persons
    distributing again
    the act of dispensing (giving out in portions)
    allocation, allotment, apportioning, apportionment, assignation, parceling, parcelling
    the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan
    the act of distributing playing cards
    revenue sharing
    distribution of part of the federal tax income to states and municipalities
    share-out, sharing
    a distribution in shares
    grant, subsidisation, subsidization
    the act of providing a subsidy
    allocation, storage allocation
    (computer science) the assignment of particular areas of a magnetic disk to particular data or instructions
    reallocation, reallotment, reapportionment
    a new apportionment (especially a new apportionment of congressional seats in the United States on the basis of census results)
    the act of apportioning or distributing something
    the act of rationing
    parcel, portion, share
    the allotment of some amount by dividing something
    an incorrect deal
    generosity, unselfishness
    acting generously
    gift, giving
    the act of giving
    type of:
    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
  2. noun
    the spatial or geographic property of being scattered about over a range, area, or volume
    “worldwide in distribution
    “the distribution of nerve fibers”
    “in complementary distribution
    synonyms: dispersion
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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
    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
    the distribution of nerve fibers to an organ or body region
    scatter, spread
    a haphazard distribution in all directions
    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
  3. noun
    the commercial activity of transporting and selling goods from a producer to a consumer
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    commerce, commercialism, mercantilism
    transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
  4. noun
    (statistics) an arrangement of values of a variable showing their observed or theoretical frequency of occurrence
    synonyms: statistical distribution
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    a flat distribution having equal frequencies of occurrence
    frequency distribution
    a distribution of observed frequencies of occurrence of the values of a variable
    Gaussian distribution, normal distribution
    a theoretical distribution with finite mean and variance
    Poisson distribution
    a theoretical distribution that is a good approximation to the binomial distribution when the probability is small and the number of trials is large
    sample, sample distribution, sampling
    items selected at random from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population
    Bernoulli distribution, binomial distribution
    a theoretical distribution of the number of successes in a finite set of independent trials with a constant probability of success
    acceptance sampling
    a statistical procedure for accepting or rejecting a batch of merchandise or documents; involves determining the maximum number of defects discovered in a sample before the entire batch is rejected
    random sample
    a sample in which every element in the population has an equal chance of being selected
    proportional sample, representative sample, stratified sample
    the population is divided into strata and a random sample is taken from each stratum
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    arrangement, organisation, organization, system
    an organized structure for arranging or classifying
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