distribution


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Distribution \Dis`tri*bu"tion\, n. [L. distributio: cf. F.
   distribution.]
   1. The act of distributing or dispensing; the act of dividing
      or apportioning among several or many; apportionment; as,
      the distribution of an estate among heirs or children.
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            The phenomena of geological distribution are exactly
            analogous to those of geography.      --A. R.
                                                  Wallace.
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   2. Separation into parts or classes; arrangement of anything
      into parts; disposition; classification.
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   3. That which is distributed. "Our charitable distributions."
      --Atterbury.
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   4. (Logic) A resolving a whole into its parts.
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   5. (Print.) The sorting of types and placing them in their
      proper boxes in the cases.
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   6. (Steam Engine) The steps or operations by which steam is
      supplied to and withdrawn from the cylinder at each stroke
      of the piston; viz., admission, suppression or cutting
      off, release or exhaust, and compression of exhaust steam
      prior to the next admission.
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   Geographical distribution, the natural arrangements of
      animals and plants in particular regions or districts.

   Syn: Apportionments; allotment; dispensation; disposal;
        dispersion; classification; arrangement.
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