Dis·perse v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dispersed p. pr. & vb. n. Dispersing.]
1. To scatter abroad; to drive to different parts; to distribute; to diffuse; to spread; as, the Jews are dispersed among all nations.
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge. --Prov. xv. 7.
Two lions, in the still, dark night,
A herd of beeves disperse. --Cowper.
2. To scatter, so as to cause to vanish; to dissipate; as, to disperse vapors.
Dispersed are the glories. --Shak.
Syn: -- To scatter; dissipate; dispel; spread; diffuse; distribute; deal out; disseminate.
Dis·persed a. Scattered. -- Dis*pers*ed*ly adv. -- Dis*pers*ed*ness, n.
Dispersed harmony Mus., harmony in which the tones composing the chord are widely separated, as by an octave or more.
adj : distributed or spread over a considerable extent; "has ties
with many widely dispersed friends"; "eleven million
Jews are spread throughout Europe" [syn: spread]