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English noun: dispersion

1. dispersion (event) spreading widely or driving off


Broader (hypernym)spread, spreading

Narrower (hyponym)Diaspora, dissipation

2. dispersion (attribute) the spatial or geographic property of being scattered about over a range, area, or volume

SamplesWorldwide in distribution.
The distribution of nerve fibers.
In complementary distribution.


Broader (hypernym)spacing, spatial arrangement

Narrower (hyponym)complementary distribution, complementation, diaspora, diffusion, dissemination, innervation, scatter, spread

Antonymscompactness, concentration, denseness, density, tightness

3. dispersion (act) the act of dispersing or diffusing something

SamplesThe dispersion of the troops.
The diffusion of knowledge.

Synonymsdiffusion, dispersal, dissemination

Broader (hypernym)spread, spreading

Narrower (hyponym)crop-dusting, spraying

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