disperse


verb (used with object), dis·persed, dis·pers·ing.

  1. to drive or send off in various directions; scatter: to disperse a crowd.
  2. to spread widely; disseminate: to disperse knowledge.
  3. to dispel; cause to vanish: The wind dispersed the fog.
  4. Physical Chemistry. to cause (particles) to separate uniformly throughout a solid, liquid, or gas.
  5. Optics. to subject (light) to dispersion.

verb (used without object), dis·persed, dis·pers·ing.

  1. to separate and move apart in different directions without order or regularity; become scattered: The crowd dispersed.
  2. to be dispelled; be scattered out of sight; vanish: The smoke dispersed into the sky.

adjective

  1. Physical Chemistry. noting the dispersed particles in a dispersion.

verb

  1. to scatter; distribute over a wide area
  2. to dissipate or cause to dissipate
  3. to leave or cause to leave a gathering, often in a random manner
  4. to separate or be separated by dispersion
  5. (tr) to diffuse or spread (news, information, etc)
  6. to separate (particles) throughout a solid, liquid, or gas, as in the formation of a suspension or colloid

adjective

  1. of or consisting of the particles in a colloid or suspensiondisperse phase
v.

late 14c., from Latin dispersus, past participle of dispergere “to scatter,” from dis- “apart, in every direction” (see dis-) + spargere “to scatter” (see sparse). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by tostregdan. Related: Dispersed; dispersing.

v.

  1. To cause to separate and move in different directions; scatter.
  2. To cause to vanish or disappear.

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