# Dictionary Definition

distribute

### Verb

1 administer or bestow, as in small portions;
"administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some
money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to
someone" [syn: administer, mete out,
deal, parcel out,
lot, dispense, shell out,
deal
out, dish out,
allot, dole out]

2 distribute or disperse widely; "The invaders
spread their language all over the country" [syn: spread] [ant: gather]

3 make available; "The publisher wants to
distribute the book in Asia"

5 cause to be distributed; "This letter is
circulating among the faculty" [syn: circulate, pass around,
pass
on]

6 cause to become widely known; "spread
information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news" [syn:
circulate, circularize, circularise, disseminate, propagate, broadcast, spread, diffuse, disperse, pass
around]

7 spread throughout a given area; "the function
distributes the values evenly"

8 be distributed or spread, as in statistical
analyses; "Values distribute"

9 be mathematically distributive

10 to arrange in a systematic order; "stagger the
chairs in the lecture hall" [syn: stagger]

# User Contributed Dictionary

## English

### Pronunciation

### Verb

- : To divide something
into portions and
dispense it.
- He distributed the bread amongst his followers.

- : To supply goods to
retail outlets.
- The agency distributes newspapers to local shops.

- : To deliver or
pass out
something.
- A network of children distributes flyers to every house.

- : To scatter or
spread something.
- I raked the soil then distributed grass seed.

- : To apportion
(more or less evenly).
- The robot's six legs distributed its weight over a wide area.

- : To classify or
separate into categories.
- The database distributed verbs into transitive and intransitive segments.

- : (mathematics) To be distributive.

#### Translations

to divide something into portions and dispense
it

to supply goods to retail outlets

to deliver or pass out something

to scatter or spread something

to apportion

to classify or separate into categories

to be distributive

- Finnish: jakautua
- Japanese: 分布する (bunpu-suru)

- ttbc Catalan: distribuir
- ttbc Dutch: uitreiken
- ttbc Esperanto: dissendi, distribui
- ttbc Old English: dǣlan

### Derived terms

## Latin

### Etymology

From distributus, participle of distribuo### Adverb

#### Related terms

### References

- Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)

# Extensive Definition

Distribution may refer to:

## Mathematics / Physics

- Distribution (mathematics), for generalized functions
- Probability distribution
- Frequency distribution
- Cumulative distribution function in statistics
- Distribution function, in physics describes the number of particles per unit volume in phase space.
- Maxwell–Boltzmann distribution
- Distribution (differential geometry), a subbundle of a vector bundle defining the integrability conditions of a set of differential equations.
- Distributed parameter systems, systems that have an infinite-dimensional state-space.

Distribution theory commonly refers to either the
theory of generalized
functions or the theory of probability
distributions.

## Economics

## Computer science

- Distributed computing
- Software distribution
- Distribution (concurrency), the projection operator in a history monoid

## Entertainment

## Other usages

- Complementary distribution, in grammar
- Electricity distribution, in electrical engineering
- Purse distribution, in horse racing
- Distribution (pharmacology)
- Population distribution – how the demographics of a population break down
- Distribution Select, a record label
- Key distribution center
- Trip distribution
- Distribution of terms
- Electronic brakeforce distribution
- Spectral power distribution, in color science

## See also

- Distributor (disambiguation)
- Apportionment
- Range
- Range (biology) the area a species inhabits

distribute in German: Verteilung

distribute in French: Distribution

distribute in Indonesian: Distribusi

distribute in Italian: Distribuzione

distribute in Dutch: Distributie

distribute in Japanese: 分布

distribute in Portuguese: Distribuição

distribute in Sicilian: Distribbuzzioni

distribute in Simple English: Distribution

distribute in Thai: การกระจายตัว

# Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

administer, align, allocate, allot, apportion, arrange, array, assign, assort, bestow, bestrew, broadcast, categorize, circulate, circumfuse, class, classify, collocate, come across with,
compose, convey, deal, deal out, deliver, deliver over, diffract, diffuse, disburse, dish out, dispense, disperse, dispose, dispread, disseminate, diverge, divide, divide up, dole, dole out, donate, dribble, fan out, file, fix, fork over, forward, give, give in, give out, give over,
group, hand, hand in, hand out, hand over,
issue, line, line up, marshal, measure out, mete, mete out, order, overscatter, oversow, overspread, parcel, parcel out, partition, pass, pass around, pass out, pass
over, pay out, place,
portion, portion out,
present, propagate, prorate, publish, radiate, rally, range, ration, reach, regiment, render, resign, retail, scatter, set out, share out,
sort, sow, sow broadcast, space, splay, spoon out, spread, spread out, strew, surrender, transfer, turn over, utter