Pronunciation: (dis"tru-byOO'shun), [key]
1. an act or instance of distributing.
2. the state or manner of being distributed.
3. arrangement; classification.
4. something that is distributed.
5. the frequency of occurrence or the natural geographic range or place where any item or category of items occurs: What is the distribution of coniferous forests in the world?
6. placement, location, arrangement, or disposition: The distribution of our troops is a military secret.
7. apportionment: The court decided the distribution of the property among the heirs.
8. the delivery or giving out of an item or items to the intended recipients, as mail or newspapers.
9. the total number of an item delivered, sold, or given out: The distribution of our school paper is now 800.
10. the marketing, transporting, merchandising, and selling of any item.
11. (in bridge and other card games) the way in which the suits of a deck of cards are, or one specific suit is, divided or apportioned in one player's hand or among the hands of all the players: My distribution was six spades, four hearts, two clubs, and a singleton diamond.
a. the division of the aggregate income of any society among its members, or among the factors of production.
b. the system of dispersing goods throughout a community.
13. Statistics.a set of values or measurements of a set of elements, each measurement being associated with an element.
14. Math.a generalized function used esp. in solving differential equations.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.