What does distribution mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. distribution, statistical distribution(noun)

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

  2. distribution, dispersion(noun)

    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. distribution(noun)

    the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning

  4. distribution(noun)

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


  1. distribution(Noun)

    An act of distributing or state of being distributed.

  2. distribution(Noun)

    An apportionment by law (of funds, property).

  3. distribution(Noun)

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

  4. distribution(Noun)

    The frequency of occurrence or extent of existence.

  5. distribution(Noun)

    Anything distributed; portion; share

  6. distribution(Noun)

    The result of distributing; arrangement.

  7. distribution(Noun)

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

  8. distribution(Noun)

    A set of bundled software components; distro.

  9. distribution(Noun)

    The apportionment of income or wealth in a population.

    The wealth distribution became extremely skewed in the kleptocracy.

  10. distribution(Noun)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distribution(noun)

    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. Distribution(noun)

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

  3. Distribution(noun)

    that which is distributed

  4. Distribution(noun)

    a resolving a whole into its parts

  5. Distribution(noun)

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

  6. Distribution(noun)

    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.

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

How to pronounce distribution?

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How to say distribution in sign language?

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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. Mikael Ribbenvik:

    The distribution is very uneven.

  2. Michael Bloomberg:

    The distribution of wealth across society is an absolute scandal.

  3. Robert Gnaizda:

    We would be happy to work with the governor on a distribution schedule.

  4. President Tayyip Erdogan:

    We plan to establish Turkey as the energy distribution hub of the region.

  5. Read MoreFEMA:

    Obviously with Hurricane Maria, we had not a supply issue, we had distribution issues.

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  • توزيعArabic
  • разпределяне, разпределение, разпространениеBulgarian
  • rozdělení, distribuceCzech
  • Verbreitung, Austeilung, Aufteilung, Distribution, Gliederung, Streuung, AbsatzGerman
  • διανομή, κατανομή, μοιρασιάGreek
  • disvastiĝo, distribuado, disdonoEsperanto
  • distribuciónSpanish
  • jaotus, jaotisEstonian
  • توزیعPersian
  • jakaminen, jako, levikki, jakauma, osa, osuus, levitys, levittäminen, jakeluFinnish
  • distributionFrench
  • leatachtIrish
  • sgaoileadhScottish Gaelic
  • eloszlásHungarian
  • distribuzioneItalian
  • 配布, 分布, 配分Japanese
  • diaeresis, distribūtiōLatin
  • verspreiding, spreiding, verdeling, opdeling, uitdeling, distributieDutch
  • rozkład, dystrybucjaPolish
  • distribuição, parte, arranjo, porçãoPortuguese
  • distribuire, distribuțieRomanian
  • распределение, раздача, распространениеRussian
  • раздиоба, дистрибуција, rȁspodjela, достова, ràzdioba, distribúcija, расподјела, dostavaSerbo-Croatian
  • distribution, fördelning, utdelning, tilldelningSwedish
  • phân phátVietnamese

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