To scatter abroad; to drive to different parts; to distribute; to diffuse; to spread; as, the Jews are dispersed among all nations.
- To drive off or scatter in different directions: The police dispersed the crowd.
- To strew or distribute widely: The airplane dispersed the leaflets over the city.
- To cause to vanish or disappear. See Synonyms at scatter.
- To disseminate (knowledge, for example).
- To separate (light) into spectral rays.
- To distribute (particles) evenly throughout a medium.
- To separate and move in different directions; scatter: The crowd dispersed once the concert ended.
- To break up and vanish; dissipate: The storm clouds had dispersed by noon.