Distribution meaning

dĭs'trə-byo͝o'shən
Distribution is defined as the process of getting goods to consumers.

An example of distribution is rice being shipped from Asia to the United States.

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The result of distributing; arrangement.
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The relative arrangement of the elements of a statistical population based on some criterion, as frequency, time, or location.
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(mathematics, statistics) A probability distribution; the set of relative likelihoods that a variable will have a value in a given interval.
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The extension of the branches of arteries or nerves to the tissues and organs.
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The area in which the branches of an artery or a nerve terminate, or the area supplied by such an artery or nerve.
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A company spinning off the shares of another company that it owns or a partial interest in one of its business units.
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The result of distributing; arrangement.
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The process of distributing or the condition of being distributed, especially:
  • The process of marketing and supplying goods, especially to retailers.
  • The transmission of inherited property to its heirs after taxes, debts, and costs of the estate have been paid.
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Something distributed; an allotment.

Distributions from a retirement account.

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A spatial or temporal array of objects or events, especially:
  • The geographic occurrence or range of an organism.
  • The geographic occurrence or range of a custom, usage, or other feature.
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A characterization of the occurrence of the actual unique values in a set of data (as in a frequency distribution) or of the theoretical unique values of a random variable (as in a probability distribution).
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A generalized function used in the study of partial differential equations.
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A distributing or being distributed.
  • Apportionment by law (of funds, property, etc.).
  • The process by which commodities get to final consumers, including storing, selling, shipping, and advertising.
  • Frequency of occurrence or extent of existence.
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Anything distributed; portion; share.
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The geographic occurrence or range of an organism.
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A characterization of the occurrence of the actual unique values in a set of data (as in a frequency distribution) or of the theoretical unique values of a random variable (as in a probability distribution).
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(1) Software ready to install. It often refers to a "Linux distribution," which is the Linux OS combined with installation programs, documentation and various utilities in one package. See Linux distribution.
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The payment of dividends to shareholders.
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The payment of capital gains to mutual fund shareholders.
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The ability of an institution to sell new equity or debt issues of a corporation to its clients.
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At common law, the transfer of personal property to the heirs of an individual who died intestate.
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An act of distributing or state of being distributed.
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An apportionment by law (of funds, property).
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(business, marketing) The process by which goods get to final consumers over a geographical market, including storing, selling, shipping and advertising.
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Anything distributed; portion; share.
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(computing) A set of bundled software components; distro.
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(economics) The apportionment of income or wealth in a population.

The wealth distribution became extremely skewed in the kleptocracy.

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(finance) The process or result of the sale of securities, especially their placement among investors with long-term investment strategies.
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Origin of distribution

  • From Old French, from Latin distributio, from distribuere 'to distribute', itself from dis- 'apart' + tribuere 'to ' (from tribus).
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