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v. dis·persed, dis·pers·ing, dis·pers·es
a. To drive off or scatter in different directions: The police dispersed the crowd. See Synonyms at scatter.
b. To strew or distribute widely: The airplane dispersed the leaflets over the city.
2. To cause to attenuate and disappear: The sun dispersed the fog.
a. To separate (light) into spectral rays.
b. To distribute (particles) evenly throughout a medium.
1. To separate and move in different directions; scatter: The crowd dispersed once the concert ended.
2. To attenuate and vanish; dissipate: The storm clouds had dispersed by noon.
[Middle English dispersen, from Old French disperser, from Latin dispergere, dispers-, to disperse : dis-, apart; see dis- + spargere, to scatter.]
dis·pers′ed·ly (-spûr′sĭd-lē) adv.
scattered, separated, or spread through a large area
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|Adj.||1.||dispersed - distributed or spread over a considerable extent; "has ties with many widely dispersed friends"; "eleven million Jews are spread throughout Europe"|
distributed - spread out or scattered about or divided up