dis·​trib·​ut·​ed di-ˈstri-byü-təd How to pronounce distributed (audio)
 also  -byə-,
 British also  ˈdi-stri-ˌbyü-
: characterized by a statistical distribution of a particular kind
a normally distributed random variable
computing : having at least some of the processing done by the individual workstations and having information shared by and often stored at the workstations
a distributed network
… makes it possible to take massive tasks and spread them out over a large number of personal computers—a practice called distributed computing.J. Bonasia

Examples of distributed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And much of the recent methane rise has come not from individual large emitters, but from more distributed sources, including tropical wetlands, which could be emitting more methane in response to warming. Bypaul Voosen, science.org, 3 Feb. 2023 But many companies are still struggling with distributed work, where employees collaborate from both in-office and remote environments. Mark Cruth, Quartz, 30 Jan. 2023 Since research is becoming more distributed and geographically diverse, companies that have multinational teams can use Benchling to work together. John Cumbers, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Neither will waiting for distributed networks of individuals to reclaim control of technology from top-down, centralized systems. Peter Schwartz, Fortune, 17 Jan. 2023 Cheaper, More Regular Work Retreats Company retreats and off-sites are often popular with distributed teams. Jo Eyre, Forbes, 15 Aug. 2022 Across the financial industry, big players are moving away from legacy systems and toward microservices—a kind of architectural design that lets developers build distributed applications using containers. Ofir Tahor, Forbes, 12 July 2022 This is a shockingly difficult guidance, navigation, and control problem, especially with a novel system of distributed thrusters. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 10 Oct. 2022 This watering can wouldn’t work as well for plants that need a more distributed flow of water, such as delicate flowers and new seedlings. Laura (fisher) Matta, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of distributed was in 1968

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“Distributed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distributed. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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