dispersive

adjective dis·per·sive \ -ˈspər-siv , -ziv \

Definition of dispersive

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

dispersively

adverb

dispersiveness

noun

Recent Examples of dispersive from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dispersive.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of dispersive

1677


Medical Dictionary

dispersive

adjective dis·per·sive \ -ˈpər-siv, -ziv \

medical Definition of dispersive

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

dispersiveness

noun

Learn More about dispersive


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up dispersive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

formed or used for a special purpose

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-dog-in-snow-jumping-to-grab-a-heart-shaped-balloon-the-snow-and-heart-balloon-indicate-that-the-month-being-represented-is-april-and-the-dog-is-just-kinda-cute
  • Which is a synonym of sanguine?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!