follow Dictionary.com

What's the difference between i.e. and e.g.?

disperse

[dih-spurs] /dɪˈspɜrs/
verb (used with object), dispersed, dispersing.
1.
to drive or send off in various directions; scatter:
to disperse a crowd.
2.
to spread widely; disseminate:
to disperse knowledge.
3.
to dispel; cause to vanish:
The wind dispersed the fog.
4.
Physical Chemistry. to cause (particles) to separate uniformly throughout a solid, liquid, or gas.
5.
Optics. to subject (light) to dispersion.
verb (used without object), dispersed, dispersing.
6.
to separate and move apart in different directions without order or regularity; become scattered:
The crowd dispersed.
7.
to be dispelled; be scattered out of sight; vanish:
The smoke dispersed into the sky.
adjective
8.
Physical Chemistry. noting the dispersed particles in a dispersion.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English dispersen, disparsen (< Middle French disperser) < Latin dispersus (past participle of dispergere), equivalent to di- di-2 + -sper(g)- scatter (stem of -spergere, combining form of spargere to scatter, strew) + -sus past participle suffix
Related forms
dispersedly
[dih-spur-sid-lee] /dɪˈspɜr sɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
disperser, noun
dispersibility, noun
dispersible, adjective
predisperse, verb (used with object), predispersed, predispersing.
redisperse, verb, redispersed, redispersing.
undispersed, adjective
undispersing, adjective
well-dispersed, adjective
Can be confused
disperse, disburse.
disperse, dispose.
Synonyms
1. See scatter. 2. sow, broadcast. 7. disappear, evanesce.
Antonyms
1. combine, collect.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for disperse
  • Protective padding, clothing, and helmets disperse the impact of falls.
  • Campus officers called in the Lewiston police for assistance, but some partiers still refused to disperse.
  • Police had to disperse them.
  • Just before serving, pile the potatoes into a bowl and season with salt, tossing to disperse the seasoning.
  • Little by little they disperse, walking down a long causeway to where their cars are parked.
  • She gives the soup a stir every now and then to disperse its flavor.
  • They might be bringing candidates in before faculty disperse for summer.
  • After the cleanup, the guests were expected to quickly disperse until next year.
  • Regardless, you will always have less money to disperse than you would like.
  • The police then used more tear gas and a water cannon to disperse them once again.
British Dictionary definitions for disperse

disperse

/dɪˈspɜːs/
verb
1.
to scatter; distribute over a wide area
2.
to dissipate or cause to dissipate
3.
to leave or cause to leave a gathering, often in a random manner
4.
to separate or be separated by dispersion
5.
(transitive) to diffuse or spread (news, information, etc)
6.
to separate (particles) throughout a solid, liquid, or gas, as in the formation of a suspension or colloid
adjective
7.
of or consisting of the particles in a colloid or suspension: disperse phase
Derived Forms
dispersedly (dɪˈspɜːsɪdlɪ) adverb
disperser, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin dispērsus scattered, from dispergere to scatter widely, from di-² + spargere to strew
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for disperse
v.

late 14c., from Latin dispersus, past participle of dispergere "to scatter," from dis- "apart, in every direction" (see dis-) + spargere "to scatter" (see sparse). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by tostregdan. Related: Dispersed; dispersing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
disperse in Medicine

disperse dis·perse (dĭ-spûrs')
v. dis·persed, dis·pers·ing, dis·pers·es

  1. To cause to separate and move in different directions; scatter.

  2. To cause to vanish or disappear.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for disperse

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for disperse

11
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with disperse