[ dih-strib-yoot ]
/ dɪˈstrɪb yut /
verb (used with object), dis·trib·ut·ed, dis·trib·ut·ing.
to divide and give out in shares; deal out; allot.
to disperse through a space or over an area; spread; scatter.
to promote, sell, and ship or deliver (an item or line of merchandise) to individual customers, especially in a specified region or area.
to pass out or deliver (mail, newspapers, etc.) to intended recipients.
to divide into distinct phases: The process was distributed into three stages.
to divide into classes: These plants are distributed into 22 classes.
Logic. to employ (a term) in a proposition so as to refer to all individuals denoted by the term.
Physical Chemistry. to dissolve uniformly in a solvent consisting of layers of immiscible or partially miscible substances.
- to roll out (ink) on the table to attain the proper consistency.
- to return (type) to the proper place after printing.
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- distributed array processor,
- distributed data processing,
- distributed logic,
- distributed practice
Origin of distribute
1. Distribute, dispense apply to giving out something. Distribute implies apportioned, individualized giving, especially of something that is definite or limited in amount or number: The prizes were distributed among ten winners. Dispense formerly implied indiscriminate, general, and liberal giving, especially of something that was more or less indefinite or unmeasured in amount: to dispense largess. It now applies chiefly to giving according to need or deserts, from an organized and official source: to dispense medicines and food to the victims.
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Examples from the Web for distributable
/ (dɪˈstrɪbjuːt) /
to give out in shares; dispense
to hand out or deliverto distribute handbills
(often passive) to spread throughout a space or areagulls are distributed along the west coast
(often passive) to divide into classes or categories; classifythese books are distributed in four main categories
printing to return (used type) to the correct positions in the type case
logic to incorporate in a distributed term of a categorial proposition
maths logic to expand an expression containing two operators in such a way that the precedence of the operators is changed; for example, distributing multiplication over addition in a (b + c) yields ab + ac
obsolete to dispense (justice)
Word Origin for distribute
C15: from Latin distribuere from dis- 1 + tribuere to give
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
early 15c., "to deal out or apportion," from Latin distributus, past participle of distribuere "to divide, distribute" (see distribution). Related: Distributable; distributed; distributing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper