(?), n. [L. distributio: cf. F. distribution.] 1. The act of distributing or dispensing; the act of dividing or apportioning among several or many; apportionment; as, the distribution of an estate among heirs or children.
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The phenomena of geological distribution are exactly analogous to those of geography.
A. R. Wallace.
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2. Separation into parts or classes; arrangement of anything into parts; disposition; classification.
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3. That which is distributed. "Our charitable distributions." Atterbury.
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4. (Logic) A resolving a whole into its parts.
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5. (Print.) The sorting of types and placing them in their proper boxes in the cases.
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6. (Steam Engine) The steps or operations by which steam is supplied to and withdrawn from the cylinder at each stroke of the piston; viz., admission, suppression or cutting off, release or exhaust, and compression of exhaust steam prior to the next admission.
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Geographical distribution, the natural arrangements of animals and plants in particular regions or districts.

Syn. -- Apportionments; allotment; dispensation; disposal; dispersion; classification; arrangement.
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