• Mess and distribution of mail
    Mess and distribution of mail
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v distribute cause to become widely known "spread information","circulate a rumor","broadcast the news"
    • v distribute distribute or disperse widely "The invaders spread their language all over the country"
    • v distribute to arrange in a systematic order "stagger the chairs in the lecture hall"
    • v distribute cause be distributed "This letter is being circulated among the faculty"
    • v distribute give to several people "The teacher handed out the exams"
    • v distribute 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","the machine dispenses soft drinks"
    • v distribute make available "The publisher wants to distribute the book in Asia"
    • v distribute be mathematically distributive
    • v distribute be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses "Values distribute"
    • v distribute spread throughout a given area "the function distributes the values evenly"
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Distribution of charge Distribution of charge

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a pack of Skittles candy, there is an equal 20% distribution of each flavour
    • Distribute To dispense; to administer; as, to distribute justice.
    • Distribute To divide among several or many; to deal out; to apportion; to allot. "She did distribute her goods to all them that were nearest of kindred."
    • Distribute To divide or separate, as into classes, orders, kinds, or species; to classify; to assort, as specimens, letters, etc.
    • Distribute (Logic) To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as universal in one premise. "A term is said to be distributed when it is taken universal, so as to stand for everything it is capable of being applied to."
    • v. i Distribute To make distribution.
    • Distribute (Printing) To separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases.
    • Distribute (Printing) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: By partially filling saucers with vinegar and distributing the saucers around a room, you can eliminate odors
    • distribute To divide or parcel out; allot in shares; bestow in parts or shares, or in due proportion; apportion; divide among several: as, Moses distributed lands to the tribes of Israel; Christ distributed the loaves to his disciples; to distribute justice.
    • distribute To separate and put in place or order; arrange by classification or location: as, to distribute printing-types into their respective boxes (see II., 2); to distribute animals into classes, orders, genera, and species; to distribute the books in a library according to their subjects.
    • distribute To spread; scatter; disperse.
    • distribute To spread out; cover a surface or fill a space with: as, to distribute ink (that is, spread it evenly and smoothly) on printing-rollers; to distribute manure over a field; to distribute heat in a building.
    • distribute In logic, to employ in its full extent, as a term
    • distribute Synonyms Apportion, Allot, Assign (see dispense); partition, portion out.
    • distribute To classify, arrange, sort, assort, dispose.
    • distribute To make distribution; exercise charity.
    • distribute In printing, to put dead matter (that, is, composed types that are no longer needed for printing) into the cases, by holding a quantity of it upright in the left hand on a support, and throwing the sepa rate types from a number taken between the thumb and first and second fingers of the right hand into their proper boxes; to “throw in”: as, he distributes rapidly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If the earth were to become totally flat and the oceans distributed themselves evenly over the planet's surface, the water would be approximately two miles deep at every point.
    • v.t Distribute dis-trib′ūt to divide amongst several: to deal out or allot: to classify: to give a logical term its fullest extension
    • n Distribute a word, like each or every, that indicates the several individuals of a number
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  • Matthew Arnold
    “Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.”
  • Sitting Bull
    Sitting Bull
    “The white man knows how to make everything, but he does not know how to distribute it.”
  • Rene Descartes
    Rene Descartes
    “Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.”
  • Leslie Lamport
    Leslie Lamport
    “A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn't even know existed can render your own computer unusable.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Of great wealth there is no real use, except in its distribution, the rest is just conceit.”
  • Clare Boothe Luce
    “In politics women type the letters, lick the stamps, distribute the pamphlets and get out the vote. Men get elected.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. distributus, p. p. of distribuere, to divide, distribute; dis-, + tribuere, to assign, give, allot. See Tribute


In literature:

A fourth and last distribution was made, and in the twinkling of an eye, our last resources were consumed.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
That sort of prize which may be distributed at the capstan-head, or at once.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Probably sometime in the past these birds were distributed throughout most of Coahuila.
"Birds from Coahuila, Mexico" by Emil K. Urban
Distribute seeds, one to each pupil.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
On the morning of the earthquake the members of the company were distributed among the different hotels.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
It is a very common and very widely distributed species.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
It is found widely distributed throughout the Northern hemisphere.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
Water as a distributer of disease.= Impure water is one of the most common distributers of disease that there is.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
We distributed a few Testaments and tracts, for the people were able to read, and we could not leave them without the Gospel.
"A Retrospect" by James Hudson Taylor
As to the distribution of the manurial ingredients, much will depend on the nature of the food.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman

In poetry:

One only knows our needs, and he
Does all of the distributing.
I quarrel not with destiny:
The best is good enough for me.
"The Best is Good Enough" by James Whitcomb Riley
Should I distribute all my store
To feed the bowels of the poor,
Or give my body to the flame,
To gain a martyr's glorious name;
"Hymn 134" by Isaac Watts
The second appears, a melancholy splurge
Of theological colours;
Taps heavily about like a healthy vulture
Distributing deep-frozen hope.
"Ten Types of Hospital Visitor" by Charles Causley
'Their names can scarce be read,
Depend on't, all who care for them are dead.'
So went the tomb, whose shards were as path-paving
"The Obliterate Tomb" by Thomas Hardy
While at her side another went
With gleams of enigmatic white?
A spirit who distributes scent,
To vale and height,
In footsteps of the rosy light?
"Occult" by Madison Julius Cawein
Your vanity is crazy, sweet and fair girl. Do
you believe that Love will let your youth go by
without your devoting yourself to the pleasures
of love which distribute things in many cases:
sometimes joy, sometimes pain?
"Love To The Lady" by Christine de Pizan

In news:

'Music Heals CNY' holds CD drive to distribute in Syracuse hospitals and health care facilities.
Disney will distribute the film, based on a best-selling novel, in the Nordic territories.
Centralization is the more traditional approach, but distributed safety is gaining momentum.
Process plants should consider both approaches to meet their safety needs and may need to mix and match centralized and distributed safety for best results.
A month after the terror attacks in New York City, a system for distributing some $850 million in charitable donations is fast emerging.
Saint-Gobain Corporation employs approximately 24,000 people across the US and Canada at approximately 160 plants and more than 160 distribution outlets.
Learn about that Latest Generation of Yokogawa's Decades-Long Evolution of Distributed Control Systems.
The distribution of glutamine synthetase in the rat central nervous system.
Bainbridge Area Food for Friends will distribute 9,500 lbs.
He was one of the founders of the United Artists film distribution company.
Cascadia will assist Chia \Vie(r) with strategy development, execution, distribution expansion and management and marketing in the U.S.
Brazilian author Paulo Coelho has been an apostle of free Internet distribution for years.
The British Royal Mint has announced a distribution deal with Stauer (www.
Energy prices exploded yesterday, as unseasonably cold weather upset refinery and distribution programs for heating oil.
Born in Andover some 80 years ago, General Mills will stop production and distribution of Colombo Yogurt in the spring.

In science:

By Lemma 2.1.3, 0 , µx , and µx on F τ there exist regular conditional probability distributions µx ∆n describing the distribution on y given the value x, when (x, y ) has distribution µ0 , µ, and µ, respectively.
Random Surfaces
But a geometric distribution cannot be a nondegenerate convex combination of geometric distributions, and the conditional number of 0-transitions from a visited site x for which ν (x, 0) is given (and is in ]0, 1[) has a geometric distribution.
Random walks in random environment: What a single trajectory tells
In defining generalized hypergeometric Husimi distributions we have formally replaced the analyzing CS in the usual Husimi distribution by an analyzing GHCS and have included the weight function into the distribution rather than into the integration measure.
Generalized Hypergeometric Coherent States
One of the essential parts of the present paper is the study on the dependence of some important properties and quantities (e.g., limit distribution, symmetry of distribution, absorption probability) on the initial distribution.
Limit theorems and absorption problems for one-dimensional correlated random walks
Depending on the anisotropic parameter ∆ (0 ≤ ∆ ≤ 1), the level-spacing distribution P (s) changes between the Wigner distribution PWig (s) and the Poisson distribution PPoi (s) as shown in Fig. 1, where L = 14 and h/J = 0.5.
Level statistics of XXZ spin chains with a random magnetic field