dis·​trib·​ut·​ed | \ di-ˈstri-byü-təd How to pronounce distributed (audio) also -byə-, British also ˈdi-stri-ˌbyü-\

Definition of distributed

1 : characterized by a statistical distribution of a particular kind a normally distributed random variable
2 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

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Baca said growth in the small, distributed market has slowed as the industry has matured. Louis Hansen, The Mercury News, "Solar topped new energy production in 2016," 15 Feb. 2017 The big idea for the solution to scale comes from Scott Crosby and from my past time as a software CEO – the distributed network effect. Neil Senturia, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Anatomy of a deal in progress," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of distributed

1968, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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