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: a sum of money withdrawn from a fund (such as a retirement fund) and given to the beneficiary (see beneficiary sense 2b) or holder of the fund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.
Recent Examples on the Web This includes overseeing the distribution of $39 billion in CHIPS Act grants to semiconductor companies and imposing export restrictions on chips and chip-manufacturing equipment. Will Henshall, TIME, 6 June 2024 By mixing the fat into the dry ingredients, the cake has more even fat distribution, better moisture retention, and a more even crumb structure. Micah A Leal, Southern Living, 5 June 2024 Beyond is banking its turnaround on the fourth iteration of its burger meat, which began wide distribution in May. Laurence Darmiento, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2024 Half of that money was set to be used over the next two years to establish and operate the Fentanyl Enforcement Program to combat manufacturing, distribution and trafficking. Nollyanne Delacruz, The Mercury News, 31 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for distribution 

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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 17 Jun. 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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