Definition of Distribution

1. Noun. (statistics) an arrangement of values of a variable showing their observed or theoretical frequency of occurrence.

2. Noun. The spatial or geographic property of being scattered about over a range, area, or volume. "In complementary distribution"

3. Noun. The act of distributing or spreading or apportioning.

4. Noun. The commercial activity of transporting and selling goods from a producer to a consumer.
Generic synonyms: Commerce, Commercialism, Mercantilism
Group relationships: Marketing
Derivative terms: Distribute

Definition of Distribution

1. n. 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.

Definition of Distribution

1. Noun. An act of distributing or state of being distributed. ¹

2. Noun. An apportionment by law (of funds, property). ¹

3. Noun. (business marketing) The process by which goods get to final consumers over a geographical market, including storing, selling, shipping and advertising. ¹

4. Noun. The frequency of occurrence or extent of existence. ¹

5. Noun. Anything distributed; portion; share ¹

6. Noun. The result of distributing; arrangement. ¹

7. Noun. (mathematics statistics) A probability distribution; the set of relative likelihoods that a variable will have a value in a given interval. ¹

8. Noun. (computing) A set of bundled software components; distro. ¹

9. Noun. (economics) The apportionment of income or wealth in a population. ¹

10. Noun. (finance) The process or result of the sale of securities, especially their placement among investors with long-term investment strategies. ¹

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Definition of Distribution

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Medical Definition of Distribution

1. 1. The specific location or arrangement of continuing or successive objects or events in space or time. 2. The extent of a ramifying structure such as an artery or nerve and its branches. 3. The geographical range of an organism or disease. 4. Probability. Origin: L. Distributio (11 Jan 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Distribution

distributed computing
distributed data processing
distributed effort
distributed fire
distributing artery
distribution (current term)
distribution agreement
distribution board
distribution boards
distribution channel
distribution coefficient
distribution cost
distribution curve
distribution free statistic
distribution function
distribution law
distribution leukocytosis
distribution list
distribution lot

Literary usage of Distribution

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Bulletin by North Carolina Dept. of Conservation and Development, North Carolina Geological Survey (1883-1905), North Carolina Geological and Economic Survey (1894)
"Map showing distribution of cucumber tree and magnolia... 33 2. ... Map showing distribution of umbrella tree and great-leaved magnolia 37 4. ..."

2. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1909)
"CHAPTER XII GEOGRAPHICAL distribution Present distribution cannot be accounted for by differences in physical conditions—Importance of barriers—Affinity of ..."

3. Report by Illinois Highway Commission (1913)
"The law which provides for the distribution of crushed stone, ... In the distribution of the material available, every effort has been made to supply each ..."

4. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1892)
"Of the Agricultural Report, 300000 copies, of which 50000 shall be for the Senate, 225000 for the House, and 25000 for distribution by the Agricultural ..."

5. Convention by National Electric Light Association Convention, National Independent Meat Packers Association, University of Georgia College of Agriculture, University of Georgia Dept. of Food Science (1896)
"THE PRESIDENT : The next order of business is the reading of a paper by Mr. A. Churchward, on equalizer systems of distribution. ..."

6. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1910)
"distribution OF THE FIRST AND SECOND THOUSANDS Table IX. gives the distribution on January 1, ... The distribution of the second thousand is also shown. ..."

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