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disperse

 [dis-pers´]
to scatter the component parts, as of a tumor or the fine particles in a colloid system; also, the particles so dispersed.

dis·perse

(dis-pĕrs'),
To dissipate, to cause disappearance of, to scatter, to dilute.

disperse

/dis·perse/ (dis-pers´) to scatter the component parts, as of a tumor or the fine particles in a colloid system; also, the particles so dispersed.

disperse

[dispərs′]
Etymology: L, dis + spargere to scatter
to scatter the component parts, as of a tumor or of the fine particles in a colloid system; also the particles so scattered.

dis·perse

(dis-pĕrs')
To dissipate, to cause disappearance of, to scatter, to dilute.

disperse

to scatter the component parts, as of a tumor or the fine particles in a colloid system; also, the particles so dispersed.
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You say that with four men you will undertake to disperse a hundred low fellows; as it may happen that we shall have to encounter two hundred, take eight "
The wares and merchandise were quickly opened, and as quickly disposed of to trappers and Indians; the usual excitement and revelry took place, after which all hands began to disperse to their several destinations.
But the Achaeans did not lose it long, for Ajax, foremost of all the Danaans after the son of Peleus alike in stature and prowess, quickly rallied them and made towards the front like a wild boar upon the mountains when he stands at bay in the forest glades and routs the hounds and lusty youths that have attacked him--even so did Ajax son of Telamon passing easily in among the phalanxes of the Trojans, disperse those who had bestridden Patroclus and were most bent on winning glory by dragging him off to their city.
The commotion was just subsiding, and the inhabitants of the village had begun to disperse from the little groups that had formed, each retiring to his own home, and closing his door after him, with the grave air of a man who consulted public feeling in his exterior deportment, when Oliver Edwards, on his return from the dwelling of Mr.
Her feelings for one and the other were soon a little tranquillised by seeing the party in the meadow disperse, and Miss Crawford still on horseback, but attended by Edmund on foot, pass through a gate into the lane, and so into the park, and make towards the spot where she stood.
As it was, they used to disperse unwillingly when, at midnight, roulette came to an end.
Mousqueton shouted, "Fall back, you fellows," with such powerful lungs that the breath, without the words, would have been sufficient to disperse the four lackeys.
After it had been fully resolved that a search should be made, it was considered almost a matter of course that the seekers should disperse -- that is to say, distribute themselves in parties -- for the more thorough examination of the region round about.
Angel had put them into her hand, had obtained them bright and new from his bank for her; his touch had consecrated them to souvenirs of himself--they appeared to have had as yet no other history than such as was created by his and her own experiences--and to disperse them was like giving away relics.
The other cousins soon disperse, to the last cousin there.
The company began to disperse when the dancing was over -- enough to leave space for the remainder to walk about in some comfort; and now was the time for a heroine, who had not yet played a very distinguished part in the events of the evening, to be noticed and admired.
I knew that something must have happened or been discovered to disperse that truculent party of sportsmen so soon and on such good terms with themselves.