[ dis-truh-byoo-shuh n ]
/ ˌdɪs trəˈbyu ʃən /


Nearby words

  1. distributed practice,
  2. distributed systems,
  3. distributed term,
  4. distributee,
  5. distributer,
  6. distribution channel,
  7. distribution curve,
  8. distribution function,
  9. distributional,
  10. distributism

Origin of distribution

1375–1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin distribūtiōn- (stem of distribūtiō). See distribute, -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for distribution


/ (ˌdɪstrɪˈbjuːʃən) /


Derived Formsdistributional, adjective

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Word Origin and History for distribution



mid-14c., from Old French distribution (13c.) and directly from Latin distributionem (nominative distributio) "a division, distribution," noun of action from past participle stem of distribuere "deal out in portions," from dis- "individually" + tribuere "assign, allot" (see tribute).

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Medicine definitions for distribution


[ dĭs′trə-byōōshən ]


The extension of the branches of arteries or nerves to the tissues and organs.
The area in which the branches of an artery or a nerve terminate, or the area supplied by such an artery or nerve.
A set of numbers and their frequency of occurrence from measurements within a statistical population.
Related formsdis′tri•bution•al adj.

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Culture definitions for distribution


The process of marketing and merchandising goods. Also, the way in which wealth or goods or services are allotted, as in the distribution of wealth.

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