Distribution
Distribution Dis`tri*bu"tion, n. [L. distributio: cf. F. distribution.] 1. The act of distributing or dispensing; the act of dividing or apportioning among several or many; apportionment; as, the distribution of an estate among heirs or children. [1913 Webster]

The phenomena of geological distribution are exactly analogous to those of geography. --A. R. Wallace. [1913 Webster]

2. Separation into parts or classes; arrangement of anything into parts; disposition; classification. [1913 Webster]

3. That which is distributed. ``Our charitable distributions.'' --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

4. (Logic) A resolving a whole into its parts. [1913 Webster]

5. (Print.) The sorting of types and placing them in their proper boxes in the cases. [1913 Webster]

6. (Steam Engine) The steps or operations by which steam is supplied to and withdrawn from the cylinder at each stroke of the piston; viz., admission, suppression or cutting off, release or exhaust, and compression of exhaust steam prior to the next admission. [1913 Webster]

{Geographical distribution}, the natural arrangements of animals and plants in particular regions or districts.

Syn: Apportionments; allotment; dispensation; disposal; dispersion; classification; arrangement. [1913 Webster]


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  • distribution — [ distribysjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XIVe; lat. distributio ♦ Action de distribuer; son résultat. ⇒ partage, répartition. 1 ♦ Répartition à des personnes. Distribution de vivres, de médicaments. Distribution de prospectus, d objets publicitaires. ⇒ diffusion …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • distribution — dis·tri·bu·tion /ˌdis trə byü shən/ n 1: the act or process of distributing: as a: the apportionment by a court of the property and esp. personal property of an intestate among those entitled to it according to statute compare descent, devise …   Law dictionary

  • distribution — DISTRIBUTION. s. f. L action de distribuer, ou l effet de cette action. Distribution du butin, Faire la distribution des procès. Distribution de deniers. Distribution des prix, Faire un état de distribution. f♛/b] On appelle en termes de Pratique …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • distribution — Distribution. s. f. v. L action de distribuer. Distribution du butin. faire la distribution des procez. distribution de deniers. distribution des prix. faire un estat de distribution. On appelle en termes de pratique, Ordre de distribution, Le… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Distribution — Sf Verteilung per. Wortschatz fach. (16. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. distribūtio, zu l. distribuere, zu tribuere zuteilen und l. dis , zu l. tribus Bezirk .    Ebenso nndl. distributie, ne. distribution, nfrz. distribution, nschw.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • distribution — (n.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. distribution (13c.) and directly from L. distributionem (nom. distributio) a division, distribution, noun of action from pp. stem of distribuere deal out in portions, from dis individually + tribuere assign, allot (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • distribution — Distribution, Assignatio, Distributio. La distribution des proces, Sortitio causarum, B. Faire les distributions des proces, Causas describere in classes atque in singulos inspectores, quod et Conscribere dicitur, B. Distributions qu on donne aux …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • distribution — Payments in a bankruptcy case, generally made after confirmation of a plan in a Chapter 11 filing or approval of the trustee s accounting in a Chapter 7 filing. (Bernstein s Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terminology) United Glossary of Bankruptcy… …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • distribution — [n1] allocation, dispersion administration, alloting, allotment, apportioning, apportionment, assessment, assigning, circulating, circulation, dealing, delivery, diffusion, dispensation, dispersal, disposal, disposing, dissemination, dissipating …   New thesaurus

  • Distribution — (vom latein. distribuere, distribuiren, vertheilen), jede Art von Vertheilung, Aus und Eintheilung …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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