Definitions for: Disperse


[v] cause to separate; "break up kidney stones"; "disperse particles"
[v] cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"
[v] distribute loosely; "He scattered gun powder under the wagon."
[v] move away from each other; "The crowds dispersed"; "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";
[v] to cause to separate and go in different directions, of crowds, for example; "She waved her hand and scattered the crows."



Webster (1913) Definition: Dis*perse", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dispersed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Dispersing.] [L. dispersus, p. p. of dispergere to
strew, scatter. See Sparse.]
1. To scatter abroad; to drive to different parts; to
distribute; to diffuse; to spread; as, the Jews are
dispersed among all nations.

The lips of the wise disperse knowledge. --Prov. xv.
7.

Two lions, in the still, dark night, A herd of
beeves disperse. --Cowper.

2. To scatter, so as to cause to vanish; to dissipate; as, to
disperse vapors.

Dispersed are the glories. --Shak.

Syn: To scatter; dissipate; dispel; spread; diffuse;
distribute; deal out; disseminate.


Dis*perse", v. i.
1. To separate; to go or move into different parts; to
vanish; as, the company dispersed at ten o'clock; the
clouds disperse.

2. To distribute wealth; to share one's abundance with
others.

He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor. --Ps.
cxii. 9.

Synonyms: break up, break up, broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, dispel, disseminate, dissipate, distribute, dot, dust, pass around, propagate, scatter, scatter, scatter, spread, spread out, sprinkle

See Also: aerosolise, aerosolise, aerosolize, aerosolize, air, backscatter, bare, bespangle, break, carry, change integrity, disband, discharge, divide, generalise, generalize, go around, part, plash, popularise, popularize, publicise, publicize, run, separate, sough, sow, spatter, splash, splatter, split, splosh, spray, swash, volley, vulgarise, vulgarize

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