dispersal

noun

dis·​pers·​al di-ˈspər-səl How to pronounce dispersal (audio)
: the act or result of dispersing
especially : the process or result of the spreading of organisms from one place to another

Examples of dispersal in a Sentence

the dispersal of plant seeds in the forests through natural means
Recent Examples on the Web Many plants also rely on bats to help with pollination and seed dispersal, including more than 300 fruit species, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Ruth Cronin, The Enquirer, 5 June 2024 Smog can impact the dispersal of pollen and other allergens, leaving them stagnant in the air. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 21 May 2024 The agency also believes the Gila National Forest is too far north from the Sonora population and the locations of recent cat sightings in Arizona to create connectivity for dispersal and breeding. Hayleigh Evans, The Arizona Republic, 25 Jan. 2024 The Auraria Campus announced the dispersal of the Tivoli Quad encampment on Saturday near 1 p.m., citing that cleanup starts today. Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, The Denver Post, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for dispersal 

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Word History

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dispersal was in 1821

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“Dispersal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispersal. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

dispersal

noun
dis·​pers·​al dis-ˈpər-səl How to pronounce dispersal (audio)
: the act or result of dispersing

Medical Definition

dispersal

noun
dis·​pers·​al dis-ˈpər-səl How to pronounce dispersal (audio)
: the act or result of dispersing
specifically : the process or result of the spreading of organisms from one place to another

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