dispersive

adjective
dis·​per·​sive | \ -ˈspər-siv How to pronounce dispersive (audio) , -ziv\

Definition of dispersive

1 : of or relating to dispersion a dispersive medium the dispersive power of a lens
2 : tending to disperse

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dispersively adverb
dispersiveness noun

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Gillreath-Brown analyzed the tips with a scanning electron microscope, X‑ray florescence and energy dispersive ray spectroscopy. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The United States' Oldest Tattoo Needle Is an Inked-Up Cactus Spine," 28 Feb. 2019 These dispersive trends are clear in Southern California, where net migration out of Los Angeles County runs about four times the rate of neighboring, more suburban Orange County, as migration to places like Riverside County mounts. Wendell Cox, The Mercury News, "Leaving California? After slowing, the trend intensifies," 24 Apr. 2017 These dispersive trends are clear in Southern California, where net migration out of Los Angeles County runs about four times the rate of neighboring, more suburban Orange County, as migration to places like Riverside County mounts. Wendell Cox, The Mercury News, "Leaving California? After slowing, the trend intensifies," 24 Apr. 2017 These dispersive trends are clear in Southern California, where net migration out of Los Angeles County runs about four times the rate of neighboring, more suburban Orange County, as migration to places like Riverside County mounts. Wendell Cox, The Mercury News, "Leaving California? After slowing, the trend intensifies," 24 Apr. 2017 These dispersive trends are clear in Southern California, where net migration out of Los Angeles County runs about four times the rate of neighboring, more suburban Orange County, as migration to places like Riverside County mounts. Wendell Cox, Orange County Register, "Leaving California? After slowing, the trend intensifies," 23 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of dispersive

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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dispersive

adjective
dis·​per·​sive | \ -ˈpər-siv, -ziv How to pronounce dispersive (audio) \

Medical Definition of dispersive

1 : of or relating to dispersion a dispersive medium the dispersive power of a lens
2 : tending to disperse

Other Words from dispersive

dispersiveness noun

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