Disperse Dis*perse", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dispersed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dispersing}.] [L. dispersus, p. p. of dispergere to strew, scatter. See {Sparse}.] 1. To scatter abroad; to drive to different parts; to distribute; to diffuse; to spread; as, the Jews are dispersed among all nations. [1913 Webster]

The lips of the wise disperse knowledge. --Prov. xv. 7. [1913 Webster]

Two lions, in the still, dark night, A herd of beeves disperse. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

2. To scatter, so as to cause to vanish; to dissipate; as, to disperse vapors. [1913 Webster]

Dispersed are the glories. --Shak.

Syn: To scatter; dissipate; dispel; spread; diffuse; distribute; deal out; disseminate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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