dispersedly /di sperr"sid lee/, adv.disperser, n.dispersibility, n.dispersible, adj.
/di sperrs"/, v., dispersed, dispersing, adj.
1. to drive or send off in various directions; scatter: to disperse a crowd.
2. to spread widely; disseminate: to disperse knowledge.
3. to dispel; cause to vanish: The wind dispersed the fog.
4. Physical Chem. to cause (particles) to separate uniformly throughout a solid, liquid, or gas.
5. Optics. to subject (light) to dispersion.
6. to separate and move apart in different directions without order or regularity; become scattered: The crowd dispersed.
7. to be dispelled; be scattered out of sight; vanish: The smoke dispersed into the sky.
8. Physical Chem. noting the dispersed particles in a dispersion.
[1350-1400; ME dispersen, disparsen ( < MF disperser) < L dispersus (ptp. of dispergere), equiv. to di- DI-2 + -sper(g)- scatter (s. of -spergere, comb. form of spargere to scatter, strew) + -sus ptp. suffix]
Syn. 1. See scatter. 2. sow, broadcast. 7. disappear, evanesce.
Ant. 1. combine, collect.

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