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From Old French, from Latin distributio, from distribuere 'to distribute', itself from dis- 'apart' + tribuere 'to ' (from tribus).


  • IPA(key): /ˌdɪstɹəˈbjuːʃən/
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distribution (plural distributions)

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  1. An act of distributing or state of being distributed.
  2. An apportionment by law (of funds, property).
  3. (business, marketing) The process by which goods get to final consumers over a geographical market, including storing, selling, shipping and advertising.
  4. The frequency of occurrence or extent of existence.
  5. Anything distributed; portion; share.
    • Atterbury
      our charitable distributions
  6. The result of distributing; arrangement.
  7. (mathematics, statistics) A probability distribution; the set of relative likelihoods that a variable will have a value in a given interval.
  8. (computing) A set of bundled software components; distro.
  9. (economics) The apportionment of income or wealth in a population.
    The wealth distribution became extremely skewed in the kleptocracy.
  10. (finance) The process or result of the sale of securities, especially their placement among investors with long-term investment strategies.
  11. (logic) The resolution of a whole into its parts.
  12. (printing, historical) The process of sorting the types and placing them in their proper boxes in the cases.
  13. (steam engines) The steps or operations by which steam is supplied to and withdrawn from the cylinder at each stroke of the piston: admission, suppression or cutting off, release or exhaust, and compression of exhaust steam prior to the next admission.

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From Classical Latin distributio, from distribuere 'to distribute', itself from dis- 'apart' + tribuere 'to ' (from tribus).



distribution f (plural distributions)

  1. A distribution
  2. A physical arrangement, spacing


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distribution c

  1. distribution, dissemination
  2. (mathematics) a distribution, generalized function
  3. (statistics) a distribution