Definitions for: Distribution


[n] the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning
[n] the commercial activity of transporting and selling goods from a producer to a consumer
[n] the spatial property of being scattered about over an area or volume
[n] an arrangement of values of a variable showing their observed or theoretical frequency of occurrence



Webster (1913) Definition: Dis`tri*bu"tion, n. [L. distributio: cf. F.
distribution.]
1. The act of distributing or dispensing; the act of dividing
or apportioning among several or many; apportionment; as,
the distribution of an estate among heirs or children.

The phenomena of geological distribution are exactly
analogous to those of geography. --A. R.
Wallace.

2. Separation into parts or classes; arrangement of anything
into parts; disposition; classification.

3. That which is distributed. ``Our charitable
distributions.'' --Atterbury.

4. (Logic) A resolving a whole into its parts.

5. (Print.) The sorting of types and placing them in their
proper boxes in the cases.

6. (Steam Engine) The steps or operations by which steam is
supplied to and withdrawn from the cylinder at each stroke
of the piston; viz., admission, suppression or cutting
off, release or exhaust, and compression of exhaust steam
prior to the next admission.

Geographical distribution, the natural arrangements of
animals and plants in particular regions or districts.

Syn: Apportionments; allotment; dispensation; disposal;
dispersion; classification; arrangement.

Synonyms: dispersion, statistical distribution

Antonyms: compactness, concentration, denseness, density

See Also: act, allocation, allotment, apportioning, apportionment, arrangement, assignation, assigning, assignment, Bernoulli distribution, binomial distribution, commerce, commercialism, complementary distribution, complementation, deal, diffusion, dispensation, dissemination, frequency distribution, Gaussian distribution, human action, human activity, innervation, marketing, mercantilism, normal distribution, organisation, organization, parceling, parcelling, Poisson distribution, redistribution, revenue sharing, sample, sample distribution, scatter, share-out, sharing, spacing, spatial arrangement, spread, statistics, system

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