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

Examples of dispersal in a Sentence

the dispersal of plant seeds in the forests through natural means
Recent Examples on the Web When the meals are all assembled -- including this year Ludwig adding grocery store gift cards -- the service department takes the food to the Brooklyn City Schools for dispersal. John Benson, cleveland, 22 Nov. 2021 Several dispersal orders were given to disperse due to the unlawful assembly. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, 2 Nov. 2021 The department produced documents listing dispersal orders issued in each of the four regional bureaus. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2021 According to police, Josephs was holding up a sign and refusing to leave the area after a police truck had broadcast dispersal orders. oregonlive, 22 Sep. 2021 The rest of the week, protesters also ignored dispersal warnings from Park Police. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021 Another incarcerated man said the department wasn’t properly managing the dispersal of the water, so in some units, the prisoners who control the yards were hoarding it. Jimmy Jenkins, The Arizona Republic, 13 Oct. 2021 Offer the thistle in one or more tube feeder with tiny dispersal slits made especially for thistle seed. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Oct. 2021 Protesters said Park Police stopped issuing citations to all who disregarded dispersal warnings and instead allowed them the choice of simply walking away. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of dispersal

1821, in the meaning defined above

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“Dispersal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispersal. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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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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