dispersion

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noun dis·per·sion \di-ˈspər-zhən, -shən\

Definition of dispersion

  1. 1 capitalized, Judaism :  diaspora 1a

  2. 2 :  the act or process of dispersing :  the state of being dispersed crowd dispersion

  3. 3 mathematics :  the scattering of the values of a frequency distribution from an average

  4. 4 physics :  the separation of light into colors by refraction or diffraction with formation of a spectrum; also :  the separation of radiation (see radiation 2) into components in accordance with some varying characteristic (such as energy)

  5. 5 chemistry a :  a dispersed (see disperse 2c) substanceb :  a system (see system 1a(2)) consisting of a dispersed substance and the medium in which it is dispersed :  colloid 2b

Examples of dispersion in a Sentence

  1. the dispersion of energy from a source

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Origin and Etymology of dispersion

see disperse


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

dispersion

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noun dis·per·sion \dis-ˈpər-zhən, -shən\

Medical Definition of dispersion

  1. 1:  the act or process of dispersing :  the state of being dispersed

  2. 2:  the separation of light into colors by refraction or diffraction with formation of a spectrum; also :  the separation of radiation into components in accordance with some varying characteristic (as energy)

  3. 3a:  a dispersed substanceb:  a system consisting of a dispersed substance and the medium in which it is dispersed :  colloid 2b—called also disperse system



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