What does disperse mean?

Definitions for disperse
dɪˈspɜrsdis·perse

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word disperse.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scatter, sprinkle, dot, dust, disperseverb

    distribute loosely

    "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"

  2. disperse, dissipate, dispel, break up, scatterverb

    to cause to separate and go in different directions

    "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"

  3. break up, disperse, scatterverb

    cause to separate

    "break up kidney stones"; "disperse particles"

  4. disperse, dissipate, scatter, spread outverb

    move away from each other

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

  5. disperseverb

    separate (light) into spectral rays

    "the prosm disperses light"

  6. circulate, circularize, circularise, distribute, disseminate, propagate, broadcast, spread, diffuse, disperse, pass aroundverb

    cause to become widely known

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

Wiktionary

  1. disperseverb

    To scatter in different directions

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

  2. disperseverb

    To break up and disappear; to dissipate

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

  3. disperseverb

    To disseminate

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

  4. disperseverb

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

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

  5. disperseverb

    To distribute throughout

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disperseverb

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

  2. Disperseverb

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

  3. Disperseverb

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

  4. Disperseverb

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

Freebase

  1. Disperse

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disperse

    dis-pėrs′, v.t. to scatter in all directions: to spread: to diffuse: to drive asunder: to cause to vanish.—v.i. to separate: to spread abroad: to vanish.—n. Dispers′al.—adv. Dispers′edly.—ns. Dispers′edness; Dispers′er.—adj. Dispers′ive, tending to disperse. [L. dispergere, dispersumdi, asunder, apart, spargĕre, to scatter.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. disperse

    To scatter any body of men, armed or unarmed, who may have assembled in an illegal or hostile manner. The cavalry are generally employed on these occasions.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disperse in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disperse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of disperse in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Cohan:

    We were fortunate there were good winds and vertical mixing that allowed the plume to rise and disperse more readily.

  2. Mariam Farzayee:

    This morning, a couple of hours ago, he sent me a couple of images of protests going on in the Kabul area. They were holding the Afghanistan flag – not the Taliban flag, he told me that the Taliban ended up shooting at them so they all were forced to disperse.

  3. John Griffin:

    Someone sees one groundhog and they think that within two years, there will be a thousand, only half the groundhogs from any litter survive, and they disperse. They find other territories and they're on the move and they're a prey animal so it's rough out there for them. A lot of times, we get calls not because there's an actual conflict but because when someone sees a groundhog, they're like 'Oh, I've got a problem.'.

  4. Ken Clarke:

    What you can't do is leave them in a camp in Syria being even more radicalised... until they disperse themselves through the world and make their way back here, i think the Germans, the French and ourselves have got to work out how to deal with this difficult and, I accept, dangerous problem.

  5. Josephine Mayanja-Nkangi:

    They fired teargas to disperse our rally and without any provocation or any cause at all.

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  • разсейвам, разпръсквам, разпилявамBulgarian
  • dispersarCatalan, Valencian
  • rozehnat, rozptýlitCzech
  • zerstreuenGerman
  • dispeliEsperanto
  • dispersarSpanish
  • پراکنده کردنPersian
  • hajottaa, levittää, hajota, hajaantuaFinnish
  • disperserFrench
  • scaoilIrish
  • skeayl, scaalheanManx
  • फैलानेHindi
  • szétszórHungarian
  • ցրել, ցրվելArmenian
  • difuzarIdo
  • disperdere, distribuire, disseminarere, rifrangereItalian
  • 흩다Korean
  • koraraMāori
  • verbreidenDutch
  • rozproszyćPolish
  • disseminar, distribuir, refratar, dispersar, dissiparPortuguese
  • преломи́ть, разбра́сывать, разгоня́ть, преломля́ть, распространя́ть, разброса́ть, раскида́ть, разогна́ть, распространи́ть, рассыпа́ть, раски́дывать, рассе́ять, рассы́пать, рассе́иватьRussian

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