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

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Fans can track the dispersal of the balls through a Google map that the team will link to on social media. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Pressure, expectations continue to mount for Cardinals tackle D.J. Humphries," 26 July 2019 The marches mark 40 days since the dispersal of the pro-democracy protesters’ sit-in in outside military headquarters in Khartoum on June 3. Fay Abuelgasim And Samy Magdy, SFChronicle.com, "Sudan activists call for justice for slain protesters," 13 July 2019 The proposal of the Schwarzman Centre at Oxford touches on a greater crisis that has become entrenched across most institutions of higher education: the dispersal of departments and the dissolution of the university as a coherent whole. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, "Oxford’s $188 Million Humanities Center Reminds Us What Universities Are For," 2 July 2019 At least 128 people have died in the military's crackdown since the June 3 dispersal. Fox News, "Sudan protesters urge night rallies amid standoff with army," 17 June 2019 On Sunday, masses of protesters filled the streets of many Sudanese cities in their first show of strength since the sit-in’s dispersal. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Sudan’s opposition and military leaders reach power-sharing deal," 6 July 2019 Opposition medics say more than 100 people were killed in the dispersal and subsequent violence. NBC News, "Sudan's rival groups reach power-sharing agreement after mass protests," 5 July 2019 Some factors common to many invasive plants include rapid growth and early maturity, production of many seeds, wide dispersal of seeds by birds and wind, and seeds that germinate quickly. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "How to identify weeds and invasive species vs. ornamental plants," 20 June 2019 Federal law prevents the harassment and dispersal of breeding birds. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "City, military officials took wrong route to Elmendorf’s bird island," 8 June 2019

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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 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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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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