Definition of distribution
1a : the act or process of distributing the distribution of leaflets profit distribution the distribution of weightb law : the act or process of apportioning by a court the personal property of an intestate
2a : 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 populationb biology : the natural geographic range of an organism
3a : something distributed charitable distributions: such as (1) : a sum of money withdrawn from a fund (such as a retirement fund) and given to the beneficiary (see beneficiary 2b) or holder of the fund (2) : dividend 1ab mathematics (1) : frequency distribution (2) : probability function (3) : probability density function 2
distributionalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ 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.
Recent Examples of distribution from the Web
Despite the immediate challenges, Australia is a key piece of Amazon’s long-term goal of creating a global distribution network that connects buyers and sellers from many countries.
The Dakota Access pipeline will move North Dakota oil to a distribution point in Illinois.
In Kane County, 12 such businesses earned $134,694 in tax distributions last year, and 61 businesses with video gaming earned $623,636 for Lake County over the same 12-month period, state numbers show.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn said Friday that Gustavo Bermudez-Vanegas was awaiting arraignment on a cocaine-distribution conspiracy charge.
Bridgen also is charged with managing the division's overall distribution strategy as well as its relationship with Comcast Ventures, which has stakes in businesses such as Vox Media and the fantasy sports platform FanDuel.
Last year, the liquor giant Diageo signed a distribution deal with Mezcal Unión, a young brand from Mexico City, and Bacardi bought a minority stake in the brand Ilegal Mezcal.
David Matthew Pugh, 47, Larry Wayne Norman Jr., 46, of Toney, and Heather Nicole Legg, 25, of Lester, were arrested following a long-term investigation into the distribution of large amounts of meth in Decatur and parts of Madison County.
Lawmakers said the two-year committee will study alcohol retail laws this year and other matters, including alcohol distribution, after the 2018 session.
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First Known Use of distribution
DISTRIBUTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of distribution for English Language Learners
: the act of giving or delivering something to people
: the act of delivering something to a store or business
: the way that something is divided or spread out
DISTRIBUTION Defined for Kids
Definition of distribution for Students
1 : the act of giving out or delivering to
2 : the way things are divided or spread out She studies the distribution of wildcats in the area.
3 : something given out or delivered to or divided among
Medical Definition of distribution
: the pattern of branching and termination of a ramifying anatomical structure (as a nerve or artery)
Legal Definition of distribution
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 Editor's 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\di-ˈstri-byu̇-tiv\ play adjective
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