What does disperse mean?

Definitions for disperse
dɪˈspɜrsdis·perse

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. disperse(Verb)

    To scatter in different directions

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

  2. disperse(Verb)

    To break up and disappear; to dissipate

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

  3. disperse(Verb)

    To disseminate

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

  4. disperse(Verb)

    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. disperse(Verb)

    To distribute throughout

    Etymology: 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

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.

Anagrams for disperse »

  1. despiser

  2. presides

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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. 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.'.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Maung Saung Kha:

    We had just said that we would disperse and end the demonstration and then the police started beating us. They broke police ethics and the rule of law. Nine people from our group have been arrested.

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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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