distributed

[ dih-strib-yoo-tid ]
/ dɪˈstrɪb yʊ tɪd /

adjective Linguistics.

(in distinctive feature analysis) characterized by relatively extensive contact or constriction between the articulating organs, as the (sh) in show in contrast to the (s) in so.

Origin of distributed

Related forms

un·dis·trib·ut·ed, adjectivewell-dis·trib·ut·ed, adjective

Definition for distributed (2 of 2)

distribute

[ dih-strib-yoot ]
/ dɪˈstrɪb yut /

verb (used with object), dis·trib·ut·ed, dis·trib·ut·ing.

Origin of distribute

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin distribūtus, past participle of distribuere to divide up. See dis-1, tribute

Related forms

dis·trib·ut·a·ble, adjectivepre·dis·trib·ute, verb (used with object), pre·dis·trib·ut·ed, pre·dis·trib·ut·ing.

Synonym study

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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British Dictionary definitions for distributed

distribute

/ (dɪˈstrɪbjuːt) /

verb (tr)

Derived Forms

distributable, adjective

Word Origin for distribute

C15: from Latin distribuere from dis- 1 + tribuere to give
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