dis·​pers·​al | \ di-ˈspər-səl How to pronounce dispersal (audio) \

Definition of dispersal

: the act or result of dispersing especially : the process or result of the spreading of organisms from one place to another

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Examples of dispersal in a Sentence

the dispersal of plant seeds in the forests through natural means
Recent Examples on the Web Griffin's public support for the eventual distribution of a vaccine comes after an ESPN report stating that the NBA could become the first professional sports league in America to manage wide vaccine dispersal for its players, coaches and staff. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Blake Griffin joins Gov. Whitmer's COVID-19 taskforce: 'Everybody has to contribute'," 10 Dec. 2020 And from an evolutionary standpoint, Amur honeysuckle has the seed dispersal thing down pat. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Worse than kudzu, Amur honeysuckle is the poster child for exotic pest plants in Kentucky," 13 Nov. 2020 The apparent collapse of the Southern Lowland Maya, McAnany cautions, is better understood as a dispersal. Ben Ehrenreich, New York Times, "How Do You Know When Society Is About to Fall Apart?," 4 Nov. 2020 The department waited about 20 minutes to give the first dispersal order that several legal observers, protest organizers and peaceful demonstrators told cleveland.com that most people did not hear. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cleveland’s after-action report of May 30 protest, riots fails to ask: was there another way?," 12 Dec. 2020 That dispersal has created countless opportunities for hackers, who are taking full advantage. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "The NSA Warns That Russia Is Attacking Remote Work Platforms," 7 Dec. 2020 Journal Sentinel reporters at the scene did not hear police announce dispersal orders. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It's a shame': Businesses vandalized in Wauwatosa after the announcement of the decision not to charge officer Mensah," 8 Oct. 2020 Scientists call this sort of movement dispersal, and track the progress of trees over eons through the study of fossils that ancient forests have left behind. Heller Mcalpin, WSJ, "‘The Journeys of Trees’ Review: Giants in Transit," 9 Oct. 2020 Immergut asked if the medics have tried to reach a resolution with the city to allow a medical facility or tent to remain untouched outside of areas of dispersal. oregonlive, "Medics must comply with lawful police orders to disperse during protests, judge rules," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of dispersal

1821, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dispersal was in 1821

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28 Dec 2020

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“Dispersal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispersal. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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dis·​pers·​al | \ dis-ˈpər-səl How to pronounce dispersal (audio) \

Medical Definition of dispersal

: 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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