What does distribution mean?

Definitions for distribution
ˌdɪs trəˈbyu ʃəndis·tri·bu·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. distribution, statistical distributionnoun

    (statistics) an arrangement of values of a variable showing their observed or theoretical frequency of occurrence

  2. distribution, dispersionnoun

    the spatial or geographic property of being scattered about over a range, area, or volume

    "worldwide in distribution"; "the distribution of nerve fibers"; "in complementary distribution"

  3. distributionnoun

    the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning

  4. distributionnoun

    the commercial activity of transporting and selling goods from a producer to a consumer


  1. distributionnoun

    An act of distributing or state of being distributed.

  2. distributionnoun

    An apportionment by law (of funds, property).

  3. distributionnoun

    The process by which goods get to final consumers over a geographical market, including storing, selling, shipping and advertising.

  4. distributionnoun

    The frequency of occurrence or extent of existence.

  5. distributionnoun

    Anything distributed; portion; share

  6. distributionnoun

    The result of distributing; arrangement.

  7. distributionnoun

    A probability distribution; the set of relative likelihoods that a variable will have a value in a given interval.

  8. distributionnoun

    A set of bundled software components; distro.

  9. distributionnoun

    The apportionment of income or wealth in a population.

    The wealth distribution became extremely skewed in the kleptocracy.

  10. distributionnoun

    The process or result of the sale of securities, especially their placement among investors with long-term investment strategies.

  11. Etymology: From distributio, from distribuere 'to distribute', itself from dis- 'apart' + tribuere 'to ' (from tribus).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Distributionnoun

    Etymology: distributio, Latin.

    Of great riches there is no real use, except it be in the distribution. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Providence has made an equal distribution of natural gifts, whereof each creature severally has a share. Roger L'Estrange.

    Every man in a great station would imitate the queen in the distribution of offices in his disposal. Jonathan Swift.

    Let us govern our charitable distributions by this pattern of nature, and maintain a mutual circulation of benefits and returns. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distributionnoun

    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

  2. Distributionnoun

    separation into parts or classes; arrangement of anything into parts; disposition; classification

  3. Distributionnoun

    that which is distributed

  4. Distributionnoun

    a resolving a whole into its parts

  5. Distributionnoun

    the sorting of types and placing them in their proper boxes in the cases

  6. Distributionnoun

    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


  1. Distribution

    Product distribution is one of the four elements of the marketing mix. Distribution is the process of making a product or service available for use or consumption by a consumer or business user, using direct means, or using indirect means with intermediaries. The other three parts of the marketing mix are product, pricing, and promotion.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. distribution

    1. A software source tree packaged for distribution; but see kit. Since about 1996 unqualified use of this term often implies ‘Linux distribution’. The short form distro is often used for this sense. 2. A vague term encompassing mailing lists and Usenet newsgroups (but not BBS fora); any topic-oriented message channel with multiple recipients. 3. An information-space domain (usually loosely correlated with geography) to which propagation of a Usenet message is restricted; a much-underutilized feature.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. distribution

    1. The arrangement of troops for any purpose, such as a battle, march, or maneuver. 2. A planned pattern of projectiles about a point. 3. A planned spread of fire to cover a desired frontage or depth. 4. An official delivery of anything, such as orders or supplies. 5. The operational process of synchronizing all elements of the logistic system to deliver the

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. distribution

    Means, generally, any division or allotment made for the purposes of war; also minor arrangements made for the supply of corps.

Editors Contribution

  1. distribution

    The act and process of to share.

    The distribution centre was created to organize and arrange for the distribution of goods and products efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

  2. distribution

    To share.

    Distribution of income is vital and just within society.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'distribution' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1621

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'distribution' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2937

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'distribution' in Nouns Frequency: #720

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of distribution in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of distribution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of distribution in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Sweeney:

    These residents need to be aware of their surroundings, and what could be in their water and the floodwater, there needs to be some sort of public communication. Either mass distribution of information or evacuating residents — it’s up to the agency to make that call.

  2. Simon Schuster:

    Like much of the American public, earlier today Simon Schuster learned of plans by distribution client Post Hill Press to publish a book by Jonathan Mattingly, we have subsequently decided not be involved in the distribution of this book.

  3. Don Horton:

    With PVH, we’ll be able to get in a better distribution channel and get the product to where it’s purchased at a more successful rate, retailers are starting to see this demo group more like the plus-size demographic was years ago.

  4. Margaritis Schinas:

    I do not think that we have issues now in Europe that blatantly pertain to police brutality or issues of race transcending into our systems, but we do have an issue in Europe, which is the issue of inequalities and income distribution — making the best for everyone of what we have.

  5. Laxmi Prasad Dhakal:

    Beginning on Thursday, we are further restricting distribution due to the very limited supplies we have. Private vehicles will not be able to purchase petrol or diesel.

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  • توزيعArabic
  • разпределение, разпределяне, разпространениеBulgarian
  • distribuce, rozděleníCzech
  • Gliederung, Streuung, Absatz, Aufteilung, Distribution, Verbreitung, AusteilungGerman
  • διανομή, μοιρασιά, κατανομήGreek
  • disvastiĝo, distribuado, disdonoEsperanto
  • distribuciónSpanish
  • jaotus, jaotisEstonian
  • توزیعPersian
  • osa, levitys, osuus, levittäminen, jakelu, jakauma, jako, levikki, jakaminenFinnish
  • distributionFrench
  • leatachtIrish
  • sgaoileadhScottish Gaelic
  • eloszlásHungarian
  • distribuzioneItalian
  • 分布, 配分, 配布Japanese
  • diaeresis, distribūtiōLatin
  • spreiding, verdeling, distributie, opdeling, verspreiding, uitdelingDutch
  • rozkład, dystrybucjaPolish
  • parte, porção, arranjo, distribuiçãoPortuguese
  • distribuție, distribuireRomanian
  • распределение, раздача, распространениеRussian
  • дистрибуција, раздиоба, расподјела, dostava, rȁspodjela, distribúcija, ràzdioba, достоваSerbo-Croatian
  • tilldelning, fördelning, utdelning, distributionSwedish
  • phân phátVietnamese

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