distribution

noun

dis·​tri·​bu·​tion ˌdi-strə-ˈbyü-shən How to pronounce distribution (audio)
1
a
: the act or process of distributing
the distribution of leaflets
profit distribution
the distribution of weight
b
law : the act or process of apportioning by a court the personal property of an intestate
2
a
: the position, arrangement, or frequency of occurrence (as of the members of a group) over an area or throughout a space or unit of time
the distribution of the country's population
b
biology : the natural geographic range of an organism
3
a
: something distributed
charitable distributions
: such as
(1)
: a sum of money withdrawn from a fund (such as a retirement fund) and given to the beneficiary (see beneficiary sense 2b) or holder of the fund
b mathematics
4
anatomy : the pattern of branching and termination (see termination sense 4) of a ramifying structure (such as a nerve)
5
business : the marketing or merchandising of commodities
keeping track of distribution costs
distributional adjective

Examples of distribution in a Sentence

The group collects food and clothing for distribution to needy families. The distribution of paychecks will happen every other Friday. The university does not permit distribution of leaflets on campus. She was responsible for product distribution. The company handles the distribution of goods to stores nationwide. He complained that the distribution of work was unfair. He studies the distributions of wildcats in North America. The new design provides better weight distribution. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The agency attends to the needs of the civilian population — food distribution, shelter, health care, schooling, salaries — promoting stability. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2024 Brett Scott Funderburk, 34, and Eric Eugene Allen, 42, were both sentenced after pleading guilty to several charges that included distribution of methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Jeff A. Chamer, Charlotte Observer, 16 Feb. 2024 This openness lowers the chance of the distribution of fake drugs, makes tracking easier and ensures that the right supplies reach areas that are in crisis. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Now an independent artist, he reportedly was denied distribution services from numerous companies due to his caustic antisemitic remarks. Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 15 Feb. 2024 The federal government awarded Baltimore $641 million in funds in 2021, the distribution of which has been overseen by Mayor Brandon Scott’s administration. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 The baffle box construction prevents shifting and ensures even distribution of warmth. Kayla Kitts, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 Its strength also has to do with the water under the ice and the distribution of the load on the ice, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Brooke Baitinger, Idaho Statesman, 15 Feb. 2024 Las Vegas is rapidly filling with warehouses as the metro area emerges as a hub for the distribution of products. Peter S. Goodman Bridget Bennett, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of distribution was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near distribution

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“Distribution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distribution. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

distribution

noun
dis·​tri·​bu·​tion ˌdis-trə-ˈbyü-shən How to pronounce distribution (audio)
1
: the act or process of distributing
2
a
: the position, arrangement, or numbers (as of the members of a group) over an area or throughout a space or unit of time
b
: the natural geographic range of a living thing
the distribution of human beings
3
a
: something distributed
b
: frequency distribution
population age distribution
4
: the marketing of goods
distributional
-shnəl How to pronounce distribution (audio)
-shən-ᵊl
adjective

Medical Definition

distribution

noun
dis·​tri·​bu·​tion ˌdis-trə-ˈbyü-shən How to pronounce distribution (audio)
: the pattern of branching and termination of a ramifying anatomical structure (as a nerve or artery)

Legal Definition

distribution

noun
dis·​tri·​bu·​tion ˌdis-trə-ˈbyü-shən How to pronounce distribution (audio)
1
: the act or process of distributing: as
a
: the apportionment by a court of the property and especially personal property of an intestate among those entitled to it according to statute compare descent, devise

Note: The laws dealing with intestate succession are often called laws of descent and distribution.

b
: the payment or transfer to a beneficiary of interest to which he or she is entitled under a trust
c
: the transfer by a corporation or mutual fund of money or property to a shareholder in his or her capacity as a shareholder
d
: the initial offering to the public of a security by a corporation
e
: the delivery of a controlled substance
2
: something distributed
distributive adjective

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