- (obsolete) To disperse.
- 1591, Ed[mund] Sp[enser], “The Visions of Bellay”, in Complaints. Containing Sundrie Small Poemes of the Worlds Vanitie. […], London: […] VVilliam Ponsonbie, […], OCLC 15537294:
- On all which did against his course oppose,
Into a cloud of dust spers'd in the air
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(See the entry for sperse in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)