Definitions for dispersedɪˈspɜrs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dis•perse*dɪˈspɜrs(v.)-persed, -pers•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to drive or send off in various directions; scatter.

  2. to spread widely; disseminate.

  3. to dispel; cause to vanish:

    The wind dispersed the fog.

  4. to cause (particles) to separate uniformly throughout a solid, liquid, or gas.

    Category: Chemistry

  5. to subject (light) to dispersion.

    Category: Optics

  6. (v.i.)to separate and move apart in different directions without order or regularity; become scattered.

  7. to be dispelled; vanish.

* Syn: See scatter.

Origin of disperse:

1350–1400; < L dispersus, ptp. of dispergere=di-di -2+-spergere, der. of spargere to scatter, strew


Princeton's WordNet

  1. scatter, sprinkle, dot, dust, disperse(verb)

    distribute loosely

    "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"

  2. disperse, dissipate, dispel, break up, scatter(verb)

    to cause to separate and go in different directions

    "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"

  3. break up, disperse, scatter(verb)

    cause to separate

    "break up kidney stones"; "disperse particles"

  4. disperse, dissipate, scatter, spread out(verb)

    move away from each other

    "The crowds dispersed"; "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";

  5. disperse(verb)

    separate (light) into spectral rays

    "the prosm disperses light"

  6. circulate, circularize, circularise, distribute, disseminate, propagate, broadcast, spread, diffuse, disperse, pass around(verb)

    cause to become widely known

    "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. disperse(verb)ɪˈspɜrs

    to separate and move in different directions

    Police dispersed the crowd.; We watched as the fish dispersed.


  1. disperse(Verb)

    To scatter in different directions

  2. disperse(Verb)

    To break up and disappear; to dissipate

  3. disperse(Verb)

    To disseminate

  4. disperse(Verb)

    To separate rays of light etc. according to wavelength; to refract

  5. disperse(Verb)

    To distribute throughout

  6. Origin: From disperser, from dispersus, past participle of dispergere, from dis- + spargere; see sparse.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disperse(verb)

    to scatter abroad; to drive to different parts; to distribute; to diffuse; to spread; as, the Jews are dispersed among all nations

  2. Disperse(verb)

    to scatter, so as to cause to vanish; to dissipate; as, to disperse vapors

  3. Disperse(verb)

    to separate; to go or move into different parts; to vanish; as, the company dispersed at ten o'clock; the clouds disperse

  4. Disperse(verb)

    to distribute wealth; to share one's abundance with others


  1. Disperse

    Disperse is a Christian Rock band from Southern Indiana. The band was formerly known, with an adjusted roster, as "Stuff."

Anagrams of disperse

  1. despiser

  2. presides

Translations for disperse

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to (cause to) scatter in all directions

Some seeds are dispersed by the wind.

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