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- to scatter among other things; put here and there or at intervals
- to decorate or diversify with things scattered here and there
Origin: from Classical Latin interspersus, past participle of interspergere from inter-, among plush spargere, to scatter: see spark
- interspersion noun
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transitive verb in·ter·spersed, in·ter·spers·ing, in·ter·spers·es
- To distribute among other things at intervals: interspersed red and blue tiles on the walls; intersperse praise with constructive criticism.
- To supply or diversify with things distributed at intervals: interspersed lamp fixtures on the large ceiling; a newspaper section that was interspersed with advertisements.
Origin: From Latin interspergere, interspers- : inter-, inter- + spargere, to scatter.
- inˌter·spersˈed·ly adverb
- inˌter·sperˈsion noun