dispersal

noun
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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the dispersal of plant seeds in the forests through natural means

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Protest organizers say security forces killed at least 128 people during that dispersal and subsequent crackdown. NBC News, "Sudanese military, protesters sign power-sharing document," 17 July 2019 Troops under Dagalo’s command led a violent dispersal of demonstrators June 3 that tilted the negotiations in favor of the military. Declan Walsh, BostonGlobe.com, "Military and Civilian Leaders in Sudan Inch Forward With Political Deal," 17 July 2019 Protest organizers say security forces killed at least 128 people during the dispersal and subsequent crackdown. Fay Abuelgasim And Samy Magdy, SFChronicle.com, "Sudan activists call for justice for slain protesters," 13 July 2019 The power-sharing agreement includes the establishment of an independent investigation into the crackdown on protests, specifically the dispersal of the sit-in. Washington Post, "Sudanese protesters sign final power-sharing deal with army," 17 Aug. 2019 Also at Washington Spirit: Mallory Pugh Named World Cup Bronze Ball winner as the tournament's third best player, Rose Lavelle was drafted by Washington Spirit in a special 2018 NWSL dispersal draft after former club Boston Breakers folded. SI.com, "NWSL: How to Keep Watching the USWNT World Cup Winners Now the Tournament Is Over," 9 July 2019 Ossama was sentenced to 10 years last September in a case related to the 2013 dispersal of a sit-in of Morsi’s supporters. Samy Magdy, BostonGlobe.com, "Egypt’s ousted President Morsi buried after courtroom death," 18 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of dispersal

1821, in the meaning defined above

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dispersal

noun
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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