Definition of distribution in English:


Line breaks: dis¦tri|bu¦tion
Pronunciation: /dɪstrɪˈbjuːʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 2The way in which something is shared out among a group or spread over an area: changes undergone by the area have affected the distribution of its wildlife
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    • She also said weight distribution made a difference, as characterised by apple and pear-shaped bodies.
    • We corrected death rates for differences in age distribution and sex.
    • One of these differences is the distribution and quantity of acidic and basic residues.
    dispersal, diffusion, dissemination, scattering, spread; placement, position, location, disposition, arrangement, organization; grouping, classification, assortment



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  • The distributional and equity issues were ignored.
  • The problem here is that because of the absence of well-defined property rights, the issue is a distributional one.
  • We had helicopters in stand-by but reached the marooned villages in boats because distributional efficiency is higher.


late Middle English: from Latin distributio(n-), from the verb distribuere (see distribute).

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