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DISPERSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dispersion mean? 

DISPERSION (noun)
  The noun DISPERSION has 3 senses:

1. spreading widely or driving off
2. the spatial property of being scattered about over an area or volume
3. the act of dispersing or diffusing something

  Familiarity information: DISPERSION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISPERSION (noun)


Sense 1dispersion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Spreading widely or driving off

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

dispersion; scattering

Hypernyms ("dispersion" is a kind of...):

spread; spreading (process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dispersion"):

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)


Sense 2dispersion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The spatial property of being scattered about over an area or volume

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

dispersion; distribution

Hypernyms ("dispersion" is a kind of...):

spacing; spatial arrangement (the property possessed by an array of things that have space between them)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dispersion"):

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)


Sense 3dispersion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of dispersing or diffusing something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

dispersal; dispersion; dissemination; diffusion

Context examples:

the dispersion of the troops / the diffusion of knowledge

Hypernyms ("dispersion" is a kind of...):

spread; spreading (act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dispersion"):

crop-dusting; spraying (the dispersion of fungicides or insecticides or fertilizer on growing crops (often from a low-flying aircraft))


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