Distributed
Distribute Dis*trib"ute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distributed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distributing}.] [L. distributus, p. p. of distribuere to divide, distribute; dis- + tribuere to assign, give, allot. See {Tribute}.] 1. To divide among several or many; to deal out; to apportion; to allot. [1913 Webster]

She did distribute her goods to all them that were nearest of kindred. --Judith xvi. 24. [1913 Webster]

2. To dispense; to administer; as, to distribute justice. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To divide or separate, as into classes, orders, kinds, or species; to classify; to assort, as specimens, letters, etc. [1913 Webster]

4. (Printing) (a) To separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases. (b) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table. [1913 Webster]

5. (Logic) To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as universal in one premise. [1913 Webster]

A term is said to be distributed when it is taken universal, so as to stand for everything it is capable of being applied to. --Whately.

Syn: To dispense; deal out; apportion; allot; share; assign; divide. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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