From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

distributed \distributed\ adj.
   1. spread from a central location to multiple points or
      recipients. Opposite of concentrated. [Narrower terms:
      {apportioned, dealt out, doled out, meted out, parceled
      out}; diffuse, diffused; dispensed; {dispersed,
      spread}; {divided, divided up, shared, shared out on the
      basis of a plan or purpose)}; encyclical; rationed;
      scattered, widespread; sparse, thin; {unfocused,
      unfocussed}] Also See: distributive.
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   2. spread among a variety of securities; -- of investments.

   Syn: diversified.
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              Distributing to the necessity of saints. --Rom.
                                                  xii. 13.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Distribute \Dis*trib"ute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distributed; p.
   pr. & vb. n. Distributing.] [L. distributus, p. p. of
   distribuere to divide, distribute; dis- + tribuere to assign,
   give, allot. See Tribute.]
   1. To divide among several or many; to deal out; to
      apportion; to allot.
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            She did distribute her goods to all them that were
            nearest of kindred.                   --Judith xvi.
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   2. To dispense; to administer; as, to distribute justice.
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   3. To divide or separate, as into classes, orders, kinds, or
      species; to classify; to assort, as specimens, letters,
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   4. (Printing)
      (a) To separate (type which has been used) and return it
          to the proper boxes in the cases.
      (b) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.
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   5. (Logic) To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as
      universal in one premise.
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            A term is said to be distributed when it is taken
            universal, so as to stand for everything it is
            capable of being applied to.          --Whately.

   Syn: To dispense; deal out; apportion; allot; share; assign;
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