- To disperse is defined as to break up and spread in many directions.
- An example of to disperse is when people in a crowd walk away from each other.
- An example of to disperse is when light through a prism is broken up into the colors of the rainbow.
- The definition of disperse is to cause to vanish.
An example of to disperse is when fog is blown away by wind.
- to break up and scatter in all directions; spread about; distribute widely
- to dispel (mist, etc.)
- to break up (light) into its component colored rays
Origin: Middle English dispersen ; from Classical Latin dispersus, past participle of dispergere, to scatter abroad ; from dis-, out plush spargere, to scatter, strew: see spark
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verb dis·persed, dis·pers·ing, dis·pers·es verb, transitive
- a. To drive off or scatter in different directions: The police dispersed the crowd.b. To strew or distribute widely: The airplane dispersed the leaflets over the city.
- To cause to vanish or disappear. See Synonyms at scatter.
- To disseminate (knowledge, for example).
- To separate (light) into spectral rays.
- To distribute (particles) evenly throughout a medium.
- To separate and move in different directions; scatter: The crowd dispersed once the concert ended.
- To break up and vanish; dissipate: The storm clouds had dispersed by noon.
Origin: Middle English dispersen, from Old French disperser, from Latin dispergere, dispers-, to disperse : dis-, apart; see dis- + spargere, to scatter.
- dis·persˈed·ly adverb
- dis·persˈer noun
- dis·persˈi·ble adjective
disperse - Medical Definition
- To cause to separate and move in different directions; scatter.
- To cause to vanish or disappear.