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noun dis·tri·bu·tion \ˌdis-trə-ˈbyü-shən\

Simple Definition of distribution

  • : the act of giving or delivering something to people

  • : the act of delivering something to a store or business

  • : the way that something is divided or spread out

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of distribution

  1. 1 a :  the act or process of distributing b :  the apportionment by a court of the personal property of an intestate

  2. 2 a :  the position, arrangement, or frequency of occurrence (as of the members of a group) over an area or throughout a space or unit of time b :  the natural geographic range of an organism

  3. 3 a :  something distributed: as (1) :  a sum of money withdrawn from a fund (as a retirement fund) and given to the beneficiary or holder of the fund (2) :  dividend 1a b (1) :  frequency distribution (2) :  probability function (3) :  probability density function 2

  4. 4 :  the pattern of branching and termination of a ramifying structure (as a nerve)

  5. 5 :  the marketing or merchandising of commodities

distributional play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of distribution in a sentence

  1. The group collects food and clothing for distribution to needy families.

  2. The distribution of paychecks will happen every other Friday.

  3. The university does not permit distribution of leaflets on campus.

  4. She was responsible for product distribution.

  5. The company handles the distribution of goods to stores nationwide.

  6. He complained that the distribution of work was unfair.

  7. He studies the distributions of wildcats in North America.

  8. The new design provides better weight distribution.

14th Century

First Known Use of distribution

14th century

DISTRIBUTION Defined for Kids


noun dis·tri·bu·tion \ˌdi-strə-ˈbyü-shən\

Definition of distribution for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of giving out or delivering to

  2. 2 :  the way things are divided or spread out <She studies the distribution of wildcats in the area.>

  3. 3 :  something given out or delivered to or divided among

Medical Dictionary


noun dis·tri·bu·tion \ˌdis-trə-ˈbyü-shən\

Medical Definition of distribution

  1. :  the pattern of branching and termination of a ramifying anatomical structure (as a nerve or artery)

Law Dictionary


noun dis·tri·bu·tion \ˌdis-trə-ˈbyü-shən\

Legal Definition of distribution

  1. 1 :  the act or process of distributing: as a :  the apportionment by a court of the property and especially personal property of an intestate among those entitled to it according to statute — compare descent, devise Editor's note: The laws dealing with intestate succession are often called laws of descent and distribution. b :  the payment or transfer to a beneficiary of interest to which he or she is entitled under a trust c :  the transfer by a corporation or mutual fund of money or property to a shareholder in his or her capacity as a shareholder d :  the initial offering to the public of a security by a corporation e :  the delivery of a controlled substance

  2. 2 :  something distributed

distributive \di-ˈstri-byu̇-tiv\ play adjective

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