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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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 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

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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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