dis·​pers·​al | \di-ˈspər-səl \

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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the dispersal of plant seeds in the forests through natural means

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Arabia was at the heart of that dispersal from Africa into Asia. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "A Fossilized Finger Bone May Be From the Earliest Humans on the Arabian Peninsula," 9 Apr. 2018 The arrests were for alleged offences including affray, ticket touting and breaching banning and dispersal orders. SI.com, "Eight People Arrested After Manchester Brawl Before United's 3-2 Win Against City," 8 Apr. 2018 An on-site LAPD helicopter advised that there were 1,000 people in the area and sent out dispersal orders. NBC News, "As fans mourn rapper XXXTentacion's death, police search for his killer," 20 June 2018 The bill would provide benefits for veterans who served in blue water Navy during the Vietnam War, when naval ships transported Agent Orange for dispersal in Vietnam. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Rep. Joe Courtney Talks At Chamber Breakfast," 11 July 2018 Then, just a couple months before the season, the Blazers landed power forward Maurice Lucas and guard Dave Twardzik in the ABA dispersal draft. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "NBA superteams haven't won all the championships: 5 surprise winners," 9 July 2018 That map says a lot about the dispersal of postgraduate Chinese immigrants across the country—in each of these cities Chen has teamed up with former schoolmates, many of whom are hanging on to their day jobs. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "All hail Hunanese dry hot pot at Sizzling Pot King," 5 July 2018 But their fundamental labor dispersal event, the showcase night for the whole league, sits on this shaky foundation of this inherently un-American labor practice. Will Leitch, Daily Intelligencer, "The NBA Draft Is Great. It’s Also Totally Un-American.," 20 June 2018 Pistons fans had to wait 3½ hours to take part in the festivities of the league’s annual dispersal of talent. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons add wing depth with Khyri Thomas, Bruce Brown," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of dispersal

1821, in the meaning defined above

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dis·​pers·​al | \dis-ˈpər-səl \

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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