See also: dispersé
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɪˈspɜːs/
- (General American) IPA(key): /dɪˈspɜ˞s/
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)s
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- Hyphenation: dis‧perse
- (transitive, intransitive) To scatter in different directions
- The Jews are dispersed among all nations.
- 1611 King James Bible, Proverbs xv. 7
- The lips of the wise disperse knowledge.
- 1791, Homer; W[illiam] Cowper, transl., The Iliad and Odyssey of Homer, Translated into Blank Verse, [...] In Two Volumes, volume ILIAD, London: Printed for J[oseph] Johnson, […], OCLC 779243096:
- Two lions, in the still, dark night, / A herd of beeves disperse.
- (transitive, intransitive) To break up and disappear; to dissipate
- (transitive, intransitive) To disseminate
- (physics, transitive, intransitive) To separate rays of light etc. according to wavelength; to refract
- (transitive, intransitive) To distribute throughout
- Do not confuse with the monetary word disburse, despite the two being near homophones and having a degree of semantic similarity (in which disbursed money may be dispersed among expenses). A mnemonic to help make the difference obvious (which uses a cognate of each word) is that dĭs-burs-ing is taking money out of the purse, whereas dĭ-spers-ing causes something to be sparsely scattered.
- (scatter in different directions): See also Thesaurus:disperse
- Scattered or spread out.
- 1998, James-Yves Roger, Technologies for the Information Society: Developments and Opportunities:
- Australia itself is a very wide and very disperse country, where the distance problems significantly affect also the "internal" customer-supplier chains.
- 2014, Didier J. Dubois, Readings in Fuzzy Sets for Intelligent Systems, page 85:
- In particular, a very crisp quantifier such as “for all,” “there exists,” “at least 50 percent” tend to have less disperse weighting vectors while fuzzier quantifiers such as many tend to have a more disperse weighting vector.
- inflection of :
- inflection of :
- Feminine plural of adjective disperso.
disperse f pl
- plural of
- (Classical) IPA(key): /disˈper.se/, [d̪ɪsˈpɛr.sɛ]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /disˈper.se/, [d̪isˈpɛr.sɛ]
- disperse in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- disperse in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- disperse in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
- first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of dispersar
- third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of dispersar
- third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of dispersar
- third-person singular (você) negative imperative of dispersar
- Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of dispersar.
- First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of dispersar.
- Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of dispersar.
- Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of dispersar.