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  1. dis·perse
    IPA[dəˈspərs]
  2. verb

    • 1. distribute or spread over a wide area:

      storms can disperse seeds via high altitudes camping sites could be dispersed among trees so as to be out of sight
    • 2. go or cause to go in different directions or to different destinations:

      the crowd dispersed the police used tear gas to disperse the protesters
      Synonym : break up, split up, disband, separate, scatter, leave, go their separate ways, go in different directions, dispel, drive away, drive off, chase away, put to flight, banish, get rid of, disunite
    • 3. (with reference to gas, smoke, mist, or cloud) thin out or cause to thin out and disappear:

      the earlier mist had dispersed winds dispersed the bomb's radioactive cloud high in the atmosphere
      Synonym : dissipate, be dispelled, thin out, dissolve, melt away, fade away, vanish, disappear, clear, lift, rise
    • 4. divide (light) into constituents of different wavelengths:

      the ability of a material to disperse light by refraction
    • 5. distribute (small particles) uniformly in a medium.

    adjective

    • 1. denoting a phase dispersed in another phase, as in a colloid:

      emulsions should be examined after storage for droplet size of the disperse phase
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: disperse, 3rd person present: disperses, gerund or present participle: dispersing, past tense: dispersed, past participle: dispersed

    • verb

      distribute or spread over a wide area:

      go or cause to go in different directions:

    • adjective

      denoting a phase dispersed in another phase, as in a colloid:
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