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intersperse

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Pronunciation: /ɪntəˈspəːs
 
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Definition of intersperse in English:

verb

[with object]
1Scatter among or between other things; place here and there: deep pools interspersed by shallow shingle banks
More example sentences
  • Do they believe that offices, stores, and schools will scale themselves down and intersperse themselves nicely among these 5-acre homesites?
  • A deer being chased by a wild dog, hurtling across some large featureless plain beneath a sky the deep blue-black of ink, interspersing its run with elegant bounds, that delicate prettiness even in its death-flight.
  • Again, the same feeling of happy companionable comfort, although it probably wouldn't have been at all apparent to anyone else given that we spent a fair bit of the time disagreeing violently and interspersing this with hacking coughs.
Synonyms
1.1Diversify (a thing or things) with other things at intervals: the debate was interspersed with angry exchanges
More example sentences
  • The song is highly varied - musical passages are freely interspersed with harsh grating ones.
  • The games are interspersed with recorded stories and songs.
  • Now, during the US war on Iraq, news from the frontlines is seamlessly interspersed with news from the stock markets.
Synonyms
intermix, mix, mingle;
vary, diversify, variegate, punctuate

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'diversify (something) by introducing other things at intervals'): from Latin interspers- 'scattered between', from interspergere, from inter- 'between' + spargere 'scatter'.

More
  • aspersion from (Late Middle English):

    To engage in casting aspersions is almost literally mud-slinging. Aspersion originally meant ‘sprinkling water or other liquid on someone’, especially in baptism, and came from Latin spargere ‘to sprinkle’ (the root of disperse (Late Middle English) ‘scatter widely’, and intersperse (mid 16th century) ‘sprinkle between’). Sprinkling a person with water developed into the idea of spattering them with something less pleasant, such as mud or dung. This in turn led to the notion of soiling a person's reputation by making false and damaging insinuations against them. See also slur

Derivatives

interspersion

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noun
Example sentences
  • There are deliberate interspersions of black and white but this, together with the fact that much of the film is set in the past, merely gives the whole thing a rather dated appearance.
  • Considerable published research - for example on the Limpopo River Valley - over the last decade shows a far greater interspersion of engravings and paintings than is shown on the map produced in this volume.
  • It is in terms of this function that we must understand the insistent interspersion of white space throughout Jabes's books; whiteness is the mark of an erasure…

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