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

Examples of distributed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This latest announcement highlights the potential role for distributed renewables in remote manufacturing hubs and data centers, but also the opportunity at the building level at offices and fulfilment centers. Felicia Jackson, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Galileo, an online-first school, aims to do for primary education what remote work did for distributed teams. Arielle Pardes, Wired, 23 June 2021 The blanket itself is made out of 100% organic cotton and is filled with hypoallergenic, odorless, and non-toxic glass beads that are seamlessly woven into the blanket fibers for an evenly distributed and comfortable weight. Tim Kohut, BGR, 8 June 2021 Constant and clear communication is a must with distributed teams. Boris Kontsevoi, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Brands such as Sierra Nevada (an AnyRoad customer) do private group beer tastings that can connect distributed groups in different states or countries. Michael O'connell, Forbes, 5 May 2021 To Tracey, the promise of these bioelectronic devices is in distributed and low-cost care for chronic conditions. Katie Palmer, STAT, 24 Apr. 2021 There is a whole generation of tools being created to support a more distributed workforce. Kenzo Fong, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 These digital certificates of ownership, recorded on distributed ledgers or blockchains have been issued to, most famously, certify a piece of digital art, which sold for nearly $70 million at auction. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of distributed

1968, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Distributed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distributed. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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