intersperse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v intersperse introduce one's writing or speech with certain expressions
    • v intersperse place at intervals in or among "intersperse exclamation marks in the text"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Intersperse To diversify or adorn with things set or scattered at intervals; to place something at intervals in or among; as, to intersperse a book with pictures. "Which space is interspersed with small islands and rock."
    • Intersperse To scatter or set here and there among other things; to insert at intervals; as, to intersperse pictures in a book. "There, interspersed in lawns and op'ning glades,
      Thin trees arise that shun each other's shades."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • intersperse To scatter between; place here and there among other things: as, to intersperse shrubs among trees.
    • intersperse To diversify by scattering or disposing various objects here and there.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Intersperse in-tėr-spėrs′ to scatter or set here and there
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. interspersus, interspersed; inter, between, among + spargere, to scatter. See Sparse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. interspergĕre, -spersuminter, among, spargĕre, to scatter.

Usage

In literature:

On the lakes interspersed amongst the brush we had to break an entirely new trail, for we could find no trace of the old one.
"Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled" by Hudson Stuck
Wishing to shine in the pulpit, he now preached high sermons, as he called them, interspersed with scraps of learning.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
It is a rich soil interspersed with well-wooded country, there being growth of every kind and the whole vegetable kingdom alive.
"Handbook to the new Gold-fields" by R. M. Ballantyne
For two weeks he lay, interspersing long periods of unconsciousness with hours of wild, delirious raving.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
There were a number of stores, interspersed with private dwellings, and everything wore a sort of leisurely aspect.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The time was passed in conversation concerning the cattle business, interspersed with stories of Australian life.
"The Land of the Kangaroo" by Thomas Wallace Knox
A walk of about a mile through flat sandy meadows of fine turf, interspersed with trees and bush, brought us to the water's edge.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
Mrs Grey's tears were, however, interspersed with smiles.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
The turf was green down to the water's edge, and interspersed with nicely-kept flower beds, with here and there a pretty clump of trees.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
Practice lessons, to give variety and sustain interest, should be interspersed between these lessons as desired.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education
There are some cultivated grounds and gardens in the neighborhood, but everywhere interspersed among them are wild fields.
"Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California" by Caroline C. Leighton
Books adorn the walls, interspersed with portraits of female relatives.
"From a Cornish Window" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
These timbers are interspersed with rubber pipes for lighting purposes.
"The Idler Magazine, Volume III, March 1893" by Various
It is interspersed with sloughs, lakes, and ponds, the most of which become dry in autumn.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
The prairie grasses had shortened to brown stubble interspersed with bare sandy soil rising here and there into low hills.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
Nor was he tempted to intersperse specimens of it in his prose work.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
The country was low, open, and marshy, interspersed with some high pine and with a thick undergrowth.
"Little Masterpieces of Science: Explorers" by Various
Above the tide-line, a ragged mass of driftwood interspersed with undergrowth separated the water from the tangled Bush.
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss
Monomaniacs intersperse their writings with illustrations and symbols.
"Criminal Man" by Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
It prefers open country, interspersed with groves and orchards, to nest in.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photograph [March 1897]" by Various
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In poetry:

XXII. Ha! was the hair so first?
What, unfilleted,
Made alive, and spread
Through the void with a rich outburst,
Chestnut gold-interspersed?
"Mesmerism" by Robert Browning
Pure blood, and noble blood, in the fine and rose-red veins;
Small, interspersed with jewels of white gold
Frail-filigreed among the rest;
Rose of the oldest races of princesses, Polynesian
Hibiscus.
"Hibiscus And Salvia Flowers" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Interspersed and seamlessly blended into this retinal onslaught are eight reddish drawings on Mylar.
The ice in Greenland has experienced periods of fast melting interspersed with stable periods, scientists have found.
I intersperse my favorite new career tips.
IN THE MID-1800'S, WHEN JOURNEYING UP THE Nile had just become the rage, a French traveler, M. Ampere, described the typical tour of Egypt as "a donkey ride and a boat trip interspersed with ruins".
A collection of 30-some essays about food with recipes interspersed, this book explores culinary memory and what food means in terms of family, friends and the inner self.
The options span the globe from Korean bibimbap to Spanish paella, interspersed with fusion dishes such as Cornish game hen served on a bed for rice, coconut curry and béchamel.
Interspersed with conversation, the kids pitch questions about the ducks.
We live in a world rocked by a thousand little shocks interspersed with periodic economic and natural disasters.
" Interspersed among his silly rap music and his juggling , Anglin made comments like, "If you learn to juggle , your brain will grown three percent," and "Treat people like you would ...
The libretto of the opera is largely drawn from Kepler 's notebooks, interspersed with the creation story from the book of Genesis and lines from the poet Andreas Gryphius, another contemporary of Kepler 's.
Cleveland has nine miles of Lake Erie waterfront, dominated by an industrial port, an airport and interspersed with disconnected parks, marinas and attractions.
The Sunrise Theater launches its stellar lineup of July films with the charming production "Bernie," a comedy-drama crime film, loosely "docu-dramatic" and interspersed with nonfictionalized interviews.
Today, most technical dictionaries and glossaries place numeric entries at the beginning or back of the book, not in interspersed lexicographic order.
Each set of hack squats was interspersed with a set of 10 assisted squats at the side of the hack squat rack.
"It's like a fast-moving meditation," Broga founder Robert Sidoti explains as he leads me and 14 other pupils through a series of yoga poses interspersed with pushups and rapid-fire squats.
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In science:

The discrete time model of quantum random walks is only one way to intersperse quantum effects with random walks.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
The k alleles on each member of β could be on α or not and the ordering of these alleles is interspersed with the the ordering of the shared paths.
Splitting pairs and the number of clusters generated by random pair incompatibilities
If there were no restrictions on interspersal, then this would be equivalent to forming weak compositions of k into j parts.
Splitting pairs and the number of clusters generated by random pair incompatibilities
In the last case each interspersed il-subword w ′ ν may not be critical, otherwise it would originate in a critical il-subword wν of length |wν | ≥ 2|m| − |w ′ ν | ≥ 6 which again is excluded by our assumption.
Presentations of subgroups of the braid group generated by powers of band generators
Accessibility: A file that exclusively consists of a sequence of lines of the form “parameter = value”, possibly interspersed with comments, already is a valid Python script.
Continuum multi-physics modeling with scripting languages: the Nsim simulation compiler prototype for classical field theory
Open problems are not collected at the end but interspersed within the text.
Locally finite graphs with ends: a topological approach
It is seen that the dynamics has a complicated dependence on ǫ, and there are many regions of chaotic behavior interspersed with periodic windows.
Synchronized chaos in networks of simple units
The calorimeter will consist of 38 active layers interspersed with absorber plates.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
One other aspect to be considered in adopting this modified version, besides the fact that the main contributions for ˆY (ε) come from its largest values, or δ -traps, is that these contributions are interspersed with the lesser contributions of shallower traps.
On the dynamics of trap models in Z^d
This interspersion of small and large traps does not occur to ˆY (ε,δ) – see Figures 2 and 3 below.
On the dynamics of trap models in Z^d
We focus on the prototypical settings of one or two spherical defects (particles of smaller radii) interspersed in a chain of larger uniform spherical particles.
Defect Modes in One-Dimensional Granular Crystals
Finally, the muon catcher is represented at the right side of the Event Display; its planes are interspersed with steel so the instrumentation is less dense.
Data Quality and Performance of the NOvA Prototype Detector
The muon catcher is located at the back of the detector and has layers interspersed with steel planes.
Data Quality and Performance of the NOvA Prototype Detector
Additionaly, we observed the SiO maser emission in two sub-bands centered at VLSR of −18 and −5 km s−1 at high spectral resolution (channel spacing of 97.6563 kHz and bandwidth of 6.25 MHz) with several scans in spectral-line mode interspersed among the dual-band continuum observations.
The Distance and Size of the Red Hypergiant NML Cyg from VLBA and VLA Astrometry
To monitor the interferometric transfer function, we interspersed the observations of our two science targets with calibrator stars.
Fundamental properties of the Population II fiducial stars HD 122563 and Gmb 1830 from CHARA interferometric observations
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