Meaning of DISPERSE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ di-ˈspərs ]


( dis·persed ; dis·pers·ing )

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin dispersus, past participle of dispergere to scatter, from dis- + spargere to scatter — more at spark

Date: 14th century

transitive verb


a. : to cause to break up

police dispersed the crowd

b. : to cause to become spread widely

c. : to cause to evaporate or vanish

sunlight dispersing the mist

2. : to spread or distribute from a fixed or constant source: as

a. archaic : disseminate

b. : to subject (as light) to dispersion

c. : to distribute (as fine particles) more or less evenly throughout a medium

intransitive verb

1. : to break up in random fashion

the crowd dispersed on request


a. : to become dispersed

b. : dissipate , vanish

the fog dispersed toward morning

Synonyms: see scatter

• dis·persed·ly -ˈspər-səd-lē, -ˈspərst-lē adverb

• dis·pers·er noun

• dis·pers·ible -ˈspər-sə-bəl adjective

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.