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DISTRIBUTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does distribution mean? 

DISTRIBUTION (noun)
  The noun DISTRIBUTION has 4 senses:

1. (statistics) an arrangement of values of a variable showing their observed or theoretical frequency of occurrence
2. the spatial property of being scattered about over an area or volume
3. the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning
4. the commercial activity of transporting and selling goods from a producer to a consumer

  Familiarity information: DISTRIBUTION used as a noun is uncommon.


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DISTRIBUTION (noun)


Sense 1distribution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(statistics) an arrangement of values of a variable showing their observed or theoretical frequency of occurrence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

distribution; statistical distribution

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

arrangement; organisation; organization; system (an organized structure for arranging or classifying)

Domain category:

statistics (a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters)

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

equidistribution (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)


Sense 2distribution [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 ("distribution" 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 "distribution"):

scatter; spread (a haphazard distribution in all directions)

innervation (the distribution of nerve fibers to an organ or body region)

diffusion; dissemination (the property of being diffused or dispersed)

diaspora (the dispersion or spreading of something that was originally localized (as a people or language or culture))

complementary distribution; complementation ((linguistics) a distribution of related speech sounds or forms in such a way that they only appear in different contexts)

Antonym:

concentration (the spatial property of being crowded together)


Sense 3distribution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of distributing or spreading or apportioning

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

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

act; human action; human activity (something that people do or cause to happen)

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

assigning; assignment (the act of distributing something to designated places or persons)

share-out; sharing (a distribution in shares)

revenue sharing (distribution of part of the federal tax income to states and municipalities)

deal (the act of distributing playing cards)

allocation; allotment; apportioning; apportionment; assignation; parceling; parcelling (the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan)

dispensation (the act of dispensing (giving out in portions))

redistribution (distributing again)


Sense 4distribution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The commercial activity of transporting and selling goods from a producer to a consumer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

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

commerce; commercialism; mercantilism (transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services))

Holonyms ("distribution" is a part of...):

marketing (the commercial processes involved in promoting and selling and distributing a product or service)


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