distributed

[ dih-strib-yoo-tid ]
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adjective
  1. Computers.

    • being or relating to a network of devices, workstations, etc., in different locations connected by means of one or more other networks, allowing each member to carry out some or all of the management and processing of the shared information: As computers began to connect across the internet, the CPU evolved from being specifically a central control system to become a node within a distributed network.

    • being or relating to a single database shared across such a network, especially one integrating multiple smaller databases: Back then no one was thinking of distributed databases with hundreds of servers working to keep data consistent across the nodes.

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

  1. Statistics. showing a specified type of distribution: A randomly distributed dominant gene has a prevalence of 75 percent.

Origin of distributed

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Other words from distributed

  • un·dis·trib·ut·ed, adjective
  • well-dis·trib·ut·ed, adjective

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