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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 California is still a long way from tapping the full potential of more distributed forms of energy storage, including batteries inside homes or even inside electric cars. WIRED, 11 Sep. 2022 Flights are flexible for distributed and remote teams and can be completed asynchronously. Pauleanna Reid, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 Some 85 percent felt like decision-making processes has become more distributed. Daniel Newman, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 In a post-Covid-19 world, workforces will remain working in a more distributed environment than ever before. John Sullivan, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 The move comes at a time when many brands are embracing a remote-first work policy, forgoing traditional offices in favor of distributed solutions and Zoom-heavy company cultures. Steve Larese, Outside Online, 23 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 5 Dec. 2022.

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