Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary


One entry found for disperse.
Main Entry: dis·perse
Pronunciation: di-'sp&rs
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): dis·persed; dis·pers·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin dispersus, past participle of dispergere to scatter, from dis- + spargere to scatter -- more at SPARK
Date: 14th century
transitive verb
1 a : to cause to break up <police dispersed the crowd> b : to cause to become spread widely c : to cause to evaporate or vanish <sunlight dispersing the mist>
2 : to spread or distribute from a fixed or constant source: as a archaic : DISSEMINATE b : to subject (as light) to dispersion c : to distribute (as fine particles) more or less evenly throughout a medium
intransitive verb
1 : to break up in random fashion <the crowd dispersed on request>
2 a : to become dispersed b : DISSIPATE, VANISH <the fog dispersed toward morning>
synonym see SCATTER
- dis·persed·ly /-'sp&r-s&d-lE, -'sp&rst-lE/ adverb
- dis·pers·er noun
- dis·pers·ible /-'sp&r-s&-b&l/ adjective