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dispersal

Line breaks: dis|per¦sal
Pronunciation: /dɪˈspɜːsl
 
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Definition of dispersal in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The action or process of distributing or spreading things or people over a wide area: dispersal of pollen by the wind [count noun]: dispersals of archaic populations
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  • We would also like to increase our understanding of population processes, such as dispersal and seedling recruitment.
  • But the process of dispersal was so slow that the rate of faunal replacement between different groups was much slower than the process of evolution within them.
  • One group will focus on natural processes that affect dispersal of genes such as wind, timing of plant flowering, or proximity to compatible wild relatives.
1.1The splitting up of a group of people, causing them to leave in different directions: the dispersal of the crowd by mounted police
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  • Police have made 13 other dispersal directions.
  • Sometimes protesters would be given clear direction and dispersal warnings.
  • The report said Government policies of dispersal and direct provision acted to segregate asylum seekers from the community.
1.2The splitting up and selling off of a collection of artefacts or books: the dispersal of the John Willett Collection [count noun]: colleges had made large dispersals, and the shops were filled with books
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  • The intense demand that existed for former Taozhai objects is apparent in the collection's dispersal throughout China and the world.
  • To avoid any such dispersal of Basilevsky's collection of medieval and renaissance applied arts, Alexander II!
  • During 1914, it was decided that the Society should limit its interests to New England, and the dispersal of its research collections was begun.

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