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Pronunciation:  `distru'byooshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning
  2. [n]  the commercial activity of transporting and selling goods from a producer to a consumer
  3. [n]  the spatial property of being scattered about over an area or volume
  4. [n]  an arrangement of values of a variable showing their observed or theoretical frequency of occurrence

DISTRIBUTION is a 12 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dispersion, statistical distribution
 Antonyms: compactness, concentration, denseness, density
 See Also: act, allocation, allotment, apportioning, apportionment, arrangement, assignation, assigning, assignment, Bernoulli distribution, binomial distribution, commerce, commercialism, complementary distribution, complementation, deal, diffusion, dispensation, dissemination, frequency distribution, Gaussian distribution, human action, human activity, innervation, marketing, mercantilism, normal distribution, organisation, organization, parceling, parcelling, Poisson distribution, redistribution, revenue sharing, sample, sample distribution, scatter, share-out, sharing, spacing, spatial arrangement, spread, statistics, system



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dis`tri*bu"tion\, n. [L. distributio: cf. F.
1. The act of distributing or dispensing; the act of dividing
   or apportioning among several or many; apportionment; as,
   the distribution of an estate among heirs or children.

         The phenomena of geological distribution are exactly
         analogous to those of geography.      --A. R.

2. Separation into parts or classes; arrangement of anything
   into parts; disposition; classification.

3. That which is distributed. ``Our charitable
   distributions.'' --Atterbury.

4. (Logic) A resolving a whole into its parts.

5. (Print.) The sorting of types and placing them in their
   proper boxes in the cases.

6. (Steam Engine) The steps or operations by which steam is
   supplied to and withdrawn from the cylinder at each stroke
   of the piston; viz., admission, suppression or cutting
   off, release or exhaust, and compression of exhaust steam
   prior to the next admission.

{Geographical distribution}, the natural arrangements of
   animals and plants in particular regions or districts.

Syn: Apportionments; allotment; dispensation; disposal;
     dispersion; classification; arrangement.

Computing Dictionary

1. A software source tree packaged for distribution; but see kit.

2. A vague term encompassing mailing lists and usenet newsgroups (but not bbs fora); any topic-oriented message channel with multiple recipients.

3. An information-space domain (usually loosely correlated with geography) to which propagation of a usenet message is restricted; a much-underused feature.

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