disperse

[ dih-spurs ]
/ dɪˈspɜrs /

verb (used with object), dis·persed, dis·pers·ing.

verb (used without object), dis·persed, dis·pers·ing.

to separate and move apart in different directions without order or regularity; become scattered: The crowd dispersed.
to be dispelled; be scattered out of sight; vanish: The smoke dispersed into the sky.

adjective

Physical Chemistry. noting the dispersed particles in a dispersion.

Origin of disperse

1350–1400; Middle English dispersen, disparsen (< Middle French disperser) < Latin dispersus (past participle of dispergere), equivalent to di- di-2 + -sper(g)- scatter (stem of -spergere, combining form of spargere to scatter, strew) + -sus past participle suffix
SYNONYMS FOR disperse
1 See scatter.
2 sow, broadcast.
7 disappear, evanesce.
Related forms
Can be confuseddisperse disbursedisperse dispose
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British Dictionary definitions for disperse

disperse

/ (dɪˈspɜːs) /

verb

adjective

of or consisting of the particles in a colloid or suspensiondisperse phase
Derived Formsdispersedly (dɪˈspɜːsɪdlɪ), adverbdisperser, noun

Word Origin for disperse

C14: from Latin dispērsus scattered, from dispergere to scatter widely, from di- ² + spargere to strew

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Word Origin and History for disperse

disperse


v.

late 14c., from Latin dispersus, past participle of dispergere "to scatter," from dis- "apart, in every direction" (see dis-) + spargere "to scatter" (see sparse). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by tostregdan. Related: Dispersed; dispersing.

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Medicine definitions for disperse

disperse

[ dĭ-spûrs ]

v.

To cause to separate and move in different directions; scatter.
To cause to vanish or disappear.
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