Dis*perse" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dispersed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dispersing.] [L. dispersus, p. p. of dispergere to strew, scatter. See Sparse.]

1.

To scatter abroad; to drive to different parts; to distribute; to diffuse; to spread; as, the Jews are dispersed among all nations.

The lips of the wise disperse knowledge. Prov. xv. 7.

Two lions, in the still, dark night, A herd of beeves disperse. Cowper.

2.

To scatter, so as to cause to vanish; to dissipate; as, to disperse vapors.

Dispersed are the glories. Shak.

Syn. -- To scatter; dissipate; dispel; spread; diffuse; distribute; deal out; disseminate.

 

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Dis*perse", v. i.

1.

To separate; to go or move into different parts; to vanish; as, the company dispersed at ten o'clock; the clouds disperse.

2.

To distribute wealth; to share one's abundance with others.

He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor. Ps. cxii. 9.

 

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