[ dih-spurs ]
/ dɪˈspɜrs /
verb (used with object), dis·persed, dis·pers·ing.
to drive or send off in various directions; scatter: to disperse a crowd.
to spread widely; disseminate: to disperse knowledge.
to dispel; cause to vanish: The wind dispersed the fog.
Physical Chemistry. to cause (particles) to separate uniformly throughout a solid, liquid, or gas.
Optics. to subject (light) to dispersion.
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.
Physical Chemistry. noting the dispersed particles in a dispersion.
Words nearby disperse
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM disperse
dis·pers·ed·ly [dih-spur-sid-lee] /dɪˈspɜr sɪd li/, adverbdis·pers·er, noundis·pers·i·bil·i·ty, noundis·pers·i·ble, adjective
pre·dis·perse, verb (used with object), pre·dis·persed, pre·dis·pers·ing.re·dis·perse, verb, re·dis·persed, re·dis·pers·ing.un·dis·persed, adjectiveun·dis·pers·ing, adjectivewell-dis·persed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dispersibility
/ (dɪˈspɜːs) /
to scatter; distribute over a wide area
to dissipate or cause to dissipate
to leave or cause to leave a gathering, often in a random manner
to separate or be separated by dispersion
(tr) to diffuse or spread (news, information, etc)
to separate (particles) throughout a solid, liquid, or gas, as in the formation of a suspension or colloid
of or consisting of the particles in a colloid or suspensiondisperse phase
Derived forms of dispersedispersedly (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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Medical definitions for dispersibility
[ dĭ-spûrs′ ]
To cause to separate and move in different directions; scatter.
To cause to vanish or disappear.
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