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dis·tri·bu·tion

(dĭs′trə-byo͞o′shən)
n.
1. The process of distributing or the condition of being distributed, especially:
a. The process of marketing and supplying goods, especially to retailers.
b. Law The transmission of inherited property to its heirs after taxes, debts, and costs of the estate have been paid.
2. Something distributed; an allotment: distributions from a retirement account.
3. A spatial or temporal array of objects or events, especially:
a. The geographic occurrence or range of an organism.
b. The geographic occurrence or range of a custom, usage, or other feature.
4. Statistics A characterization of the occurrence of the actual unique values in a set of data (as in a frequency distribution) or of the theoretical unique values of a random variable (as in a probability distribution).
5. Mathematics A generalized function used in the study of partial differential equations.

distribution

(ˌdɪstrɪˈbjuːʃən)
n
1. the act of distributing or the state or manner of being distributed
2. a thing or portion distributed
3. arrangement or location
4. (Commerce) commerce the process of physically satisfying the demand for goods and services
5. (Economics) economics the division of the total income of a community among its members, esp between labour incomes (wages and salaries) and property incomes (rents, interest, and dividends)
6. (Statistics) statistics the set of possible values of a random variable, or points in a sample space, considered in terms of new theoretical or observed frequency: a normal distribution.
7. (Law) law the apportioning of the estate of a deceased intestate among the persons entitled to share in it
8. (Law) law the lawful division of the assets of a bankrupt among his or her creditors
9. (Banking & Finance) finance
a. the division of part of a company's profit as a dividend to its shareholders
b. the amount paid by dividend in a particular distribution
10. (Automotive Engineering) engineering the way in which the fuel-air mixture is supplied to each cylinder of a multicylinder internal-combustion engine
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dis•tri•bu•tion

(ˌdɪs trəˈbyu ʃən)

n.
1. an act or instance of distributing.
2. the state or manner of being distributed.
3. arrangement; classification.
4. something that is distributed.
5. the frequency of occurrence or the geographic place where any entity or category of entities occurs: the distribution of coniferous forests.
6. placement; disposition.
7. apportionment.
8. the delivery of an item or items to the intended recipients, as mail or newspapers.
9. the total number of an item delivered, sold, or given out.
10. the marketing, transporting, and selling of goods.
11. Statistics. a set of values or measurements of a set of elements, each measurement being associated with an element.
[1375–1425; < Latin]

distribution

1. The arrangement of troops for any purpose, such as a battle, march, or maneuver.
2. A planned pattern of projectiles about a point.
3. A planned spread of fire to cover a desired frontage or depth.
4. An official delivery of anything, such as orders or supplies.
5. The operational process of synchronizing all elements of the logistic system to deliver the "right things" to the "right place" at the "right time" to support the geographic combatant commander.
6. The process of assigning military personnel to activities, units, or billets.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 distribution - (statistics) an arrangement of values of a variable showing their observed or theoretical frequency of occurrencestatistical distributionorganization, arrangement, organisation, system - an organized structure for arranging or classifying; "he changed the arrangement of the topics"; "the facts were familiar but it was in the organization of them that he was original"; "he tried to understand their system of classification"equidistribution - a flat distribution having equal frequencies of occurrencestatistics - a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parametersfrequency distribution - a distribution of observed frequencies of occurrence of the values of a variableGaussian distribution, normal distribution - a theoretical distribution with finite mean and variancePoisson distribution - a theoretical distribution that is a good approximation to the binomial distribution when the probability is small and the number of trials is largesample distribution, sampling, sample - items selected at random from a population and used to test hypotheses about the populationBernoulli distribution, binomial distribution - a theoretical distribution of the number of successes in a finite set of independent trials with a constant probability of success 2 distribution - the spatial or geographic property of being scattered about over a range, area, or volume; "worldwide in distribution"; "the distribution of nerve fibers"; "in complementary distribution"dispersionspatial arrangement, spacing - the property possessed by an array of things that have space between themcomplementary distribution, complementation - (linguistics) a distribution of related speech sounds or forms in such a way that they only appear in different contextsdiaspora - the dispersion or spreading of something that was originally localized (as a people or language or culture)dissemination, diffusion - the property of being diffused or dispersedinnervation - the distribution of nerve fibers to an organ or body regionscatter, spread - a haphazard distribution in all directionscompactness, concentration, denseness, density, tightness - the spatial property of being crowded together 3 distribution - the act of distributing or spreading or apportioninghuman action, human activity, act, deed - something that people do or cause to happenassigning, assignment - the act of distributing something to designated places or persons; "the first task is the assignment of an address to each datum"redistribution - distributing again; "the revolution resulted in a redistribution of wealth"dispensation - the act of dispensing (giving out in portions)apportioning, apportionment, parceling, parcelling, assignation, allocation, allotment - the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan; "the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives is based on the relative population of each state"deal - the act of distributing playing cards; "the deal was passed around the table clockwise"revenue sharing - distribution of part of the federal tax income to states and municipalitiesshare-out, sharing - a distribution in shares 4 distribution - the commercial activity of transporting and selling goods from a producer to a consumercommerce, commercialism, mercantilism - transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)marketing - the commercial processes involved in promoting and selling and distributing a product or service; "most companies have a manager in charge of marketing"
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distribution

noun
2. a more equitable distribution of wealth
3. There will be a widespread distribution of leaflets.
4. those who control the distribution of jobs
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distribution

noun
1. The act of distributing or the condition of being distributed:
3. A way or condition of being arranged:
Translations
تَوْزيع
rozdánírozdělenírozdělování
distributionfordelinguddeling
jaotisjaotus
jakaumajakelujakoosaosuus
distribucijaraspodjelarazdioba
elosztás
úthlutun; dreifing
dystrybucja
distribúcia
distribucijaprodajarazdeljevanje
dağıtımdağıtmayayılma

distribution

[ˌdɪstrɪˈbjuːʃən]
A. N [of wealth, population etc] → ; (= handing out) → (Comm) [of goods] → (Ling) →
B. CPD distribution cost Ngastos mpl de distribución
distribution network N
distribution rights NPLderechos mpl de distribución
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

distribution

[ˌdɪstrɪˈbjuːʃən]
n
(= supplying, handing out) [food, supplies, newspaper] →
film distribution →
(= sharing) [resources, wealth, power] →
modif (= supply) [system] → ; [network] → ; [company] → distribution costdistribution cost n
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

distribution

n
(= act)Verteilung f; (of information)Verbreitung f; (Comm: of goods) → Vertrieb m; (= dealing: of drugs) → Handel m; (→ mit) (of films)Verleih m; (of dividends)Ausschüttung f; distribution networkVertriebsnetz nt; distribution rightsVertriebsrechte pl
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distribution

[dɪstrɪˈbjuːʃn] n
distribution costs → costi mpl di distribuzione
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

distribute

(diˈstribjut) verb
1. to divide (something) among several (people); to deal out. He distributed sweets to all the children in the class.
2. to spread out widely. Our shops are distributed all over the city.
ˌdistriˈbution (-ˈbjuː-) noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

dis·tri·bu·tion

n. distribución.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
References in classic literature ?
Above all things, order, and distribution, and singling out of parts, is the life of dispatch; so as the distribution be not too subtle: for he that doth not divide, will never enter well into business; and he that divideth too much, will never come out of it clearly.
'Beagle,' as naturalist, I was much struck with certain facts in the distribution of the inhabitants of South America, and in the geological relations of the present to the past inhabitants of that continent.
In considering the Origin of Species, it is quite conceivable that a naturalist, reflecting on the mutual affinities of organic beings, on their embryological relations, their geographical distribution, geological succession, and other such facts, might come to the conclusion that each species had not been independently created, but had descended, like varieties, from other species.
The gentle master stevedore had his hands very full at last; and the chief mate became worried in his mind as to the proper distribution of the weight of his first cargo in a ship he did not personally know before.
They want humouring in handling; and if you mean to handle them well, they must have been humoured in the distribution of the weight which you ask them to carry through the good and evil fortune of a passage.
I have myself published separate volumes on the 'Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs;' on the 'Volcanic Islands visited during the Voyage of the Beagle;' and on the 'Geology of South America.' The sixth volume of the 'Geological Transactions' contains two papers of mine on the Erratic Boulders and Volcanic Phenomena of South America.
The Particular Structure of the New Government and the Distribution of Power Among Its Different Parts For the Independent Journal.
According to this distribution, each confederacy would comprise an extent of territory larger than that of the kingdom of Great Britain.
New Distribution of Horses- Secret Information of Treason in the Camp.- Rose the Interpreter- His Perfidious Character- His Plots.
The higher authorities and the police organized the distribution of goods left behind by the French.
The justest distribution of political power is that in which there is least waste of political ability.
The reader will here find no regions cursed with irremediable barrenness, or blessed with spontaneous fecundity, no perpetual gloom or unceasing sunshine; nor are the nations here described either devoid of all sense of humanity, or consummate in all private and social virtues; here are no Hottentots without religion, polity, or articulate language, no Chinese perfectly polite, and completely skilled in all sciences: he will discover, what will always be discovered by a diligent and impartial inquirer, that wherever human nature is to be found there is a mixture of vice and virtue, a contest of passion and reason, and that the Creator doth not appear partial in his distributions, but has balanced in most countries their particular inconveniences by particular favours.

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