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dispersion (n.)

late 14c., dispersioun, "the Jewish diaspora," from Old French dispersion (13c.), from Latin dispersionem (nominative dispersio) "a scattering," noun of action from past-participle stem of dispergere "to scatter," from dis- "apart, in every direction" (see dis-) + spargere "to scatter" (see sparse). Meaning "act of scattering, state of being dispersed" is from early 15c.

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Definitions of dispersion from WordNet

dispersion (n.)
spreading widely or driving off;
Synonyms: scattering
dispersion (n.)
the spatial or geographic property of being scattered about over a range, area, or volume;
Synonyms: distribution
dispersion (n.)
the act of dispersing or diffusing something;
the dispersion of the troops
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