What does disperse mean?

Definitions for disperse
dɪˈspɜrsdis·perse

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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

  2. disperseverb

    To break up and disappear; to dissipate

  3. disperseverb

    To disseminate

  4. disperseverb

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

  5. disperseverb

    To distribute throughout

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DISPERSEverb

    Etymology: dispersus, Latin.

    And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries. Ezek. xxxvi. 19.

    Soldiers, disperse yourselves. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    If the night
    Have gather’d aught of evil, or conceal’d,
    Disperse it, as now light dispels the dark. John Milton.

Wikipedia

  1. Disperse

    Disperse was a Christian rock band from Southern Indiana active from 1996 to 2004. The band was formerly known, with an adjusted roster, as "Stuff."

ChatGPT

  1. disperse

    To disperse generally means to distribute or spread over a wide area. It can also refer to the action of scattering, dissipating, or vanishing away. The term can be used in various contexts such as people in a crowd dispersing or light being dispersed into a spectrum of colors.

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

Wikidata

  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.

Suggested Resources

  1. Disperse

    Disperse vs. Disburse -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Disperse and Disburse.

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  1. presides

  2. despiser

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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. Laurence Taylor:

    It was disappointing that a relatively small group in Hyde Park came together to protest the regulations in clear breach of the guidance, putting themselves and others at risk of infection, officers once again, took a measured approach and tried to engage the group to disperse. They clearly had no intention of doing so, and so it did result in 19 people being arrested, and a further ten being issued with a fixed penalty notice.

  2. Equality Florida:

    We do not know the total costs for the victims of this horrific hate crime, therefore are working to raise as much as possible and disperse the funds as fast as possible.

  3. Scott McLean:

    You don’t just throw resources at a wildfire, it’s like a battle -- you have to think what will be the most effective. Cal Fire usually depends on a mix of bulldozers, fire engines, inmate crews, and helicopters or airplanes, which disperse things like fire retardant, to stop wildfires. Using containment lines, or large areas where a bulldozer cuts away vegetation to the point where only dirt remains, is very common, he said. But this isn’t always an accessible option.

  4. John Griffin:

    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.'.

  5. Chris Harrison:

    This particular piece of work on the Teacup Galaxy has provided new insight into how the black holes [drive energy] in ordinary galaxies, they appear to be capable of driving jets of charged particles that collide into the gas. You could imagine the ‘jet’ as like a water cannon being driven into a crowd of people - the water cannon collides with the crowd and causes it to break up and disperse rapidly. In this analogy, the crowd represents the gas in the galaxy that is trying to form stars, but is destroyed by the jet.

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Translations for disperse

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  • разсейвам, разпилявам, разпръсквамBulgarian
  • dispersarCatalan, Valencian
  • rozptýlit, rozehnatCzech
  • zerstreuenGerman
  • dispeliEsperanto
  • dispersarSpanish
  • پراکنده کردنPersian
  • levittää, hajottaa, hajaantua, hajotaFinnish
  • disperserFrench
  • scaoilIrish
  • skeayl, scaalheanManx
  • फैलानेHindi
  • szétszórHungarian
  • ցրել, ցրվելArmenian
  • difuzarIdo
  • distribuire, rifrangere, disperdere, disseminarereItalian
  • 흩다Korean
  • koraraMāori
  • verbreidenDutch
  • rozproszyćPolish
  • disseminar, dispersar, refratar, distribuir, dissiparPortuguese
  • рассе́ивать, преломи́ть, рассы́пать, разбра́сывать, преломля́ть, рассе́ять, раски́дывать, рассыпа́ть, распространи́ть, разогна́ть, разгоня́ть, раскида́ть, разброса́ть, распространя́тьRussian

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