verb (used with object), dis·persed, dis·pers·ing.
verb (used without object), dis·persed, dis·pers·ing.
- dispersal prison,
- dispersal zone,
- disperse dye,
- disperse phase,
- disperse system,
Origin of disperse
Examples from the Web for disperse
At about 11 p.m. State Police started flying a helicopter over the scene, ordering the crowds to disperse.Frat Culture Clashes With Riot Police at Keene, N.H., Pumpkin Festival|Melanie Plenda|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is a problem, since no traffic police can identify any of the trucks if they start to disperse once they enter Ukraine.Putin’s “Humanitarian” Convoy Nears Ukraine, APCs Cross in Secret|Anna Nemtsova|August 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When a big cache of weapons is inbound, rival outfits often gang together to disperse the load among their safe houses.On the Contraband Trail With Libya’s Gun Smugglers|Peter Schwartzstein|June 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Instead of car tires, concrete blocks are placed there now, and nobody intends to disperse,” the minister said.
The crowd bawls its approval, but begins to disperse after one encore.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band|Grover Lewis|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The English sent fire ships into the Spanish fleet when it was anchored, causing it's ships to disperse in a panic.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
The police would have been unable to disperse the mob without the assistance of the citizens.
Once more, too, it was demonstrated how powerless the best artillery is to disperse resolute and well-placed riflemen.The Great Boer War|Arthur Conan Doyle
They then immediately break it down, and disperse in different directions.Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign|John Ashton
But the "Rump" had enjoyed its two years of power, and had no wish to disperse.A History of England|Charles Oman
Word Origin for disperse
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.