• WordNet 3.6
    • v dispatch kill without delay "the traitor was dispatched by the conspirators"
    • v dispatch send away towards a designated goal
    • v dispatch dispose of rapidly and without delay and efficiently "He dispatched the task he was assigned"
    • v dispatch kill intentionally and with premeditation "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"
    • v dispatch complete or carry out "discharge one's duties"
    • n dispatch the act of sending off something
    • n dispatch killing a person or animal
    • n dispatch the property of being prompt and efficient "it was done with dispatch"
    • n dispatch an official report (usually sent in haste)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: After mating, the female black widow spider turns on her partner and devours him. The female may dispatch as many as twenty-five suitors a day in this manner.
    • Dispatch A message dispatched or sent with speed; especially, an important official letter sent from one public officer to another; -- often used in the plural; as, a messenger has arrived with dispatches for the American minister; naval or military dispatches.
    • Dispatch A message transmitted by telegraph.
    • Dispatch Any sending away; dismissal; riddance. "To the utter dispatch of all their most beloved comforts."
    • Dispatch The act of sending a message or messenger in haste or on important business.
    • Dispatch The finishing up of a business; speedy performance, as of business; prompt execution; diligence; haste. "Serious business, craving quick dispatch .""To carry his scythe . . . with a sufficient dispatch through a sufficient space."
    • Dispatch To dispose of speedily, as business; to execute quickly; to make a speedy end of; to finish; to perform. "Ere we put ourselves in arms, dispatch we
      The business we have talked of."
      "The] harvest men . . . almost in one fair day dispatcheth all the harvest work."
    • Dispatch To get rid of by sending off; to send away hastily. "Unless dispatched to the mansion house in the country . . . they perish among the lumber of garrets."
    • v. i Dispatch To make haste; to conclude an affair; to finish a matter of business. "They have dispatched with Pompey."
    • Dispatch To rid; to free. "I had clean dispatched myself of this great charge."
    • Dispatch To send off or away; -- particularly applied to sending off messengers, messages, letters, etc., on special business, and implying haste. "Even with the speediest expedition
      I will dispatch him to the emperor's court."
    • Dispatch To send out of the world; to put to death. "The company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dispatch etc. See despatch, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Dispatch to send away hastily: to send out of the world: to put to death: to dispose of: to perform speedily
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  • Joseph Addison
    “There is nothing more requisite in business than dispatch.”
  • Niccolo Machiavelli
    “Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch of our forces.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. despeechier, F. dépêcher,; prob. from pref. des-,L. dis-,) + (assumed) LL. pedicare, to place obstacles in the way, fr. L. pedica, fetter, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See Foot, and cf. Impeach Despatch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. despeecher (mod. Fr. dépêcher); acc. to Littré, from an assumed Low L. despedicāre, to remove obstacles (pedica, a fetter), the opp. of impedicāre. See Impeach.


In literature:

Two devices in this matter of Associated Press dispatches save so much labor, that I think you will like me to describe them.
"Illustrated Science for Boys and Girls" by Anonymous
Before it could be renewed the arrival of fresh reinforcements had to be awaited, which were dispatched to the north on November 12.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
Dispatching the day's business as best he could, the expectant knight set out to storm the castle of his lady.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
The hopes of the sorrowing father had almost disappeared: only one of the dispatched messengers was not yet come back.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
That courtly gentleman was dispatched to Italy to charm the Italian Nation into quiescence.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
He was very cautious about inquiring the price and all the details before he sat down to write out his dispatch.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
The conversation in two tongues proceeded through the secretary with dispatch and accuracy.
"Across the Mesa" by Jarvis Hall
Then I showed her the dispatch.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
The messenger who should have brought this dispatch fell ill, and has not left Madrid.
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
We will find somebody; some second Jean des Entomeures, who will dispatch all that in an hour.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

In poetry:

"Here your Hamar-made matches!"
Only to strike one here,
Our thanks far-away dispatches,
With peace his fair home to cheer.
"Hamar-Made Matches" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
The king, he soaked his arrows true
in poison, and beyond the plains
dispatched those messengers and slew
his neighbors in their own domains.
"The Upas Tree" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
Its sharpness does my lust dispatch;
Its suddenness alarms my watch,
Its bitterness refines my taste,
And weans me from the creature's breast.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
A sudden and a dangerous disease
Thou mightest have dispatch'd, to end my days,
And turn'd me into hell, (did it thee please)
Nor granted time for me to mend my ways:
"A Prayer For A Sick Person" by Rees Prichard
A train of guileless shepherds God dispatch'd,
Who in the field that night their flocks had watch'd,
To worship him before the break of day,
As in the manger the sweet infant lay.
"The Life And Death Of Christ" by Rees Prichard
In Admirals' dispatches their names are seldom heard,
They justify their being by more than written word:
In battle, toil and tempest, and dangers manifold,
The doughty deeds of Small Craft will never all be told.
"Small Craft" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

HOUSTON—The Galena Park Police Department fired a two-year veteran police dispatcher Tuesday morning after the I-Team exposed how the employee circulated a racist photo to others in the department.
A gas main break briefly shut down traffic near 15th and Iowa Street, according to emergency dispatch scanner traffic.
An 18-year-old New Orleans man, who was on the phone with police dispatchers while he ran from two assailants, was fatally shot in the 2100 block of Selma Street, police said.
Editors' Note: This education dispatch is part of a new ongoing series reported from Mission High School, where education writer Kristina Rizga is known to students as "Miss K".
Place entered his plea in Juneau District Court on Tuesday, according to an Trooper dispatch.
NPR will air special coverage during the conventions from 8–11 pm each evening, hosted by Jennifer Ludden and corralling reports from the 30-person teams dispatched to each location.
Times-Dispatch Staff Richmond Times-Dispatch Published: October 12, 2012.
Eric Kolenich Richmond Times-Dispatch Published: September 13, 2012.
MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. A Monterey County bomb squad was dispatched to Pebble Beach Golf Links Sunday morning where an apparent explosive device was found near the golf course, according to the sheriff's office.
A two-alarm fire damaged the historic Good Shepherd Episcopal church in Berkeley on Saturday night, a fire dispatcher said.
Art Director here with a dispatch from the world of graphic design.
Ricardo Martinez, he is one sweet dude, for one thing he works as at Allegan County Central Dispatch, answering our 911 calls.
00 AM, Portland dispatched Gresham Fire to a house fire at 1923 SE 181st.
A trooper is dispatched to the scene and takes the man into custody.
PETER BACQUÉ Richmond Times-Dispatch Published: October 02, 2012.

In science:

An algorithm for combined heat and power economic dispatch.
Online Energy Generation Scheduling for Microgrids with Intermittent Energy Sources and Co-Generation
Thanushkodi. A new particle swarm optimization solution to nonconvex economic dispatch problems.
Online Energy Generation Scheduling for Microgrids with Intermittent Energy Sources and Co-Generation
Smart operation of smart grid: Risk-limiting dispatch.
Online Energy Generation Scheduling for Microgrids with Intermittent Energy Sources and Co-Generation
A unit commitment (configuration of generators which are online, i.e. available for re-dispatch) go.
Distributed Control of Generation in a Transmission Grid with a High Penetration of Renewables
We note that for a given collection Ξ, pr (t ) and pl 0 (t ) (items a and b from above) will vary across the ensemble of scenarios, however, we take go (the unit commitment from c) fixed because we are designing the time-dependent dispatch and local feedback parameter for that particular go.
Distributed Control of Generation in a Transmission Grid with a High Penetration of Renewables