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English Dictionary: disperse by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
disperse
v
  1. distribute loosely; "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"
    Synonym(s): scatter, sprinkle, dot, dust, disperse
  2. to cause to separate and go in different directions; "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"
    Synonym(s): disperse, dissipate, dispel, break up, scatter
  3. cause to separate; "break up kidney stones"; "disperse particles"
    Synonym(s): break up, disperse, scatter
  4. move away from each other; "The crowds dispersed"; "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";
    Synonym(s): disperse, dissipate, scatter, spread out
  5. separate (light) into spectral rays; "the prosm disperses light"
  6. cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"
    Synonym(s): circulate, circularize, circularise, distribute, disseminate, propagate, broadcast, spread, diffuse, disperse, pass around
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Disperse \Dis*perse"\, v. i.
      1. To separate; to go or move into different parts; to
            vanish; as, the company dispersed at ten o'clock; the
            clouds disperse.
  
      2. To distribute wealth; to share one's abundance with
            others.
  
                     He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor. --Ps.
                                                                              cxii. 9.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Disperse \Dis*perse"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dispersed}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Dispersing}.] [L. dispersus, p. p. of dispergere to
      strew, scatter. See {Sparse}.]
      1. To scatter abroad; to drive to different parts; to
            distribute; to diffuse; to spread; as, the Jews are
            dispersed among all nations.
  
                     The lips of the wise disperse knowledge. --Prov. xv.
                                                                              7.
  
                     Two lions, in the still, dark night, A herd of
                     beeves disperse.                                 --Cowper.
  
      2. To scatter, so as to cause to vanish; to dissipate; as, to
            disperse vapors.
  
                     Dispersed are the glories.                  --Shak.
  
      Syn: To scatter; dissipate; dispel; spread; diffuse;
               distribute; deal out; disseminate.
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