dis·trib·ute /dɪˈstrɪbjət, ||ˈdɪstrɪˌbjut/
Dis·trib·ute v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distributed; p. pr. & vb. n. Distributing.]
1. 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. --Judith xvi. 24.
2. To dispense; to administer; as, to distribute justice.
3. To divide or separate, as into classes, orders, kinds, or species; to classify; to assort, as specimens, letters, etc.
4. Printing (a) To separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases. (b) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.
5. 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. --Whately.
Syn: -- To dispense; deal out; apportion; allot; share; assign; divide.
Dis·trib·ute, v. i. To make distribution.
Distributing to the necessity of saints. --Rom. xii. 13.
v 1: 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" [syn: administer, mete out, deal,
parcel out, lot, dispense, shell out, deal out,
dish out, allot, dole out]
2: distribute or disperse widely; "The invaders spread their
language all over the country" [syn: spread] [ant: gather]
3: make available; "The publisher wants to distribute the book
4: give out; "The teacher handed out the exams" [syn: give out,
5: cause to be distributed; "This letter is circulating among
the faculty" [syn: circulate, pass around, pass on]
6: cause to become widely known; "spread information";
"circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news" [syn: circulate,
circularize, circularise, disseminate, propagate,
broadcast, spread, diffuse, disperse, pass
7: spread throughout a given area; "the function distributes
the values evenly"
8: be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses;
9: be mathematically distributive
10: to arrange in a systematic order; "stagger the chairs in the
lecture hall" [syn: stagger]