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  • Mess and distribution of mail
    Mess and distribution of mail
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj distributive serving to distribute or allot or disperse
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Distribution of charge Distribution of charge

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a pack of Skittles candy, there is an equal 20% distribution of each flavour
    • n Distributive (Gram) A distributive adjective or pronoun; also, a distributive numeral.
    • Distributive (Logic) Assigning the species of a general term.
    • Distributive (Gram) Expressing separation; denoting a taking singly, not collectively; as, a distributive adjective or pronoun, such as each either every; a distributive numeral, as (Latinbinitwo by two.
    • Distributive Tending to distribute; serving to divide and assign in portions; dealing to each his proper share. "Distributive justice."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: By partially filling saucers with vinegar and distributing the saucers around a room, you can eliminate odors
    • distributive That distributes; dividing and assigning in portions; dealing to each his proper share.
    • distributive Specifically—2. In logic, showing that a statement refers to each individual of a class separately, and not to these individuals as making up the whole class. The distributive acceptation of such an adjective as all is that in which whatever is said of all is said of each: opposed to collective acceptation, in which something is said of the whole which is not true of the parts. Thus, in the sentence “All the planets are seven,” the all is collective; in the sentence “All the planets revolve round the sun,” it is distributive.
    • distributive Expressing separation or division: as, a distributive prefix: specifically, in grammar, used to denote the persons or things that constitute a pair or number, as considered separately and singly: as, a distributive pronoun; a distributive numeral. The distributive pronouns in English are each, every, either, neither. The distributive numerals in Latin are singuli, one by one, one each; bini, by twos, two each; terni, three each, etc.
    • distributive In mathematics, operating upon every part in operating upon the whole
    • distributive F Φ (x, y, z, etc.) = Φ (Fx, Fy, Fz, etc.).
    • distributive In a more general sense, every formula which expresses that the operations f, F, Φ, are so related that in every case Φ F(x, y) = f (Φx, Φy).
    • n distributive In grammar, a word that divides or distributes, as each and every, which represent the individuals of a collective number as separate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If the earth were to become totally flat and the oceans distributed themselves evenly over the planet's surface, the water would be approximately two miles deep at every point.
    • Distributive that distributes, separates, or divides: giving to each his own
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  • Matthew Arnold
    “Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.”
  • Sitting Bull
    Sitting Bull
    “The white man knows how to make everything, but he does not know how to distribute it.”
  • Rene Descartes
    Rene Descartes
    “Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.”
  • Leslie Lamport
    Leslie Lamport
    “A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn't even know existed can render your own computer unusable.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Of great wealth there is no real use, except in its distribution, the rest is just conceit.”
  • Clare Boothe Luce
    “In politics women type the letters, lick the stamps, distribute the pamphlets and get out the vote. Men get elected.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. distributif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. distribuĕredis, asunder, tribuĕre, tribūtum, to allot.


In literature:

A sketch of the distribution of the principal of its productions may be of interest to some.
"Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1." by John MacGillivray
The object, then, of the tribunes was to distribute the fortunes of the entire state.
"Public Lands and Agrarian Laws of the Roman Republic" by Andrew Stephenson
A consideration of the time element involved in memorizing has given use to two other methods, the so-called concentrated and distributive.
"How to Teach" by George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
This Ganga, issuing out of the golden peaks of Himavat, falleth into the waters of the ocean, being distributed into seven streams.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
And having distributed it thus among those beings and parted with it, Indra was free from fever.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
In Europe the distribution of dolmens and other megalithic monuments is wide.
"Rough Stone Monuments and Their Builders" by T. Eric Peet
He said he was distributing that extinction.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein
The pupils are distributed by their ages of entrance from 12 to 20, with the mode of the distribution at 15.
"The High School Failures" by Francis P. Obrien
Popular magazines have a nation-wide distribution.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
The problem of modern industry is to be not the distribution of the money supply, but the distribution of the man-supply.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
It was distributed through five volumes.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 79, May, 1864" by Various
I also had an appointment at two; for it was at that hour that Burrham was to distribute the cyclopaedias at Castle Garden.
"The Man Without a Country and Other Tales" by Edward E. Hale
The berths were now to be distributed by lot.
"Outward Bound" by Oliver Optic
I shall introduce a few chapters on geographical distribution and other such topics.
"Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by James Marchant
Range: Widely distributed over nearly all of eastern and central North America.
"Studies of Trees" by Jacob Joshua Levison
The Troglodytidae, or Wren family, are of wide distribution, and are found alike under the tropics and in temperate latitudes.
"Argentine Ornithology, Volume I (of 2)" by P. L. Sclater
The Woodpeckers are distributed all over the world except Australia and the adjacent islands (up to Flores and Celebes) and Madagascar.
"Argentine Ornithology, Volume II (of 2)" by P. L. Sclater
The number of members, 658, was not altered, but their distribution was changed.
"Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland" by Henry B. Stanton
The provincial distribution in Fiji follows that of face hair: the interior groups are hairiest and the eastern people least so.
"A Racial Study of the Fijians" by Norman E. Gabel
Dropsies are subdivided, as regards their distribution, into general and local forms.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various

In poetry:

The second appears, a melancholy splurge
Of theological colours;
Taps heavily about like a healthy vulture
Distributing deep-frozen hope.
"Ten Types of Hospital Visitor" by Charles Causley
'Their names can scarce be read,
Depend on't, all who care for them are dead.'
So went the tomb, whose shards were as path-paving
"The Obliterate Tomb" by Thomas Hardy
While at her side another went
With gleams of enigmatic white?
A spirit who distributes scent,
To vale and height,
In footsteps of the rosy light?
"Occult" by Madison Julius Cawein
He that distributes crowns and thrones
Hangs on a tree, and bleeds, and groans!
The Prince of Life resigns his breath,
The King of Glory bows to death!
"Hymn 37 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Your vanity is crazy, sweet and fair girl. Do
you believe that Love will let your youth go by
without your devoting yourself to the pleasures
of love which distribute things in many cases:
sometimes joy, sometimes pain?
"Love To The Lady" by Christine de Pizan
At first, an unity of heart and soul,
A distribution of an outward dole,
And ev'ry member of the body fed,
As equally belonging to the head,
With what it wanted, was, without suspense,
True Church-Communion in the Christian sense.
"On Church Communion - Part III." by John Byrom

In news:

Only three days ago, popular singer and songwriter Mordechai Ben David shot and distributed a video depicting the destruction of his neighborhood.
Motéma Music Inks Distribution Deal With Allegro Published October 30, 2008.
Intelligence is moving to the edges, flowing through wireless devices, empowering individuals and distributed teams.
Shaam News Network or SNN helps distribute amateur videos from Syria.
I am so pleased that Lawrence County will be an Angel Food distribution point.
Ministry officials toured water purification & distribution system.
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.
Distribute the ham onto 6 slices of bread.
VT Leeboy creates Blaw -Knox division, reveals distribution plans.
Superintendent Pam Castor distributed two bids submitted by M&M and CAS for elevated and non-elevated bleachers .
This time, students will wait in homeroom on Nov 14 for report cards to be distributed.
The publication is only available in Portuguese, with limited distribution, and it doesn't include a recording of the published hand-written charts.
E-publisher Smashwords offers wide distribution and sweet deals to authors.
Instead of fixing the generators, library officials decided to supplement the service by distributing books using library vans until the end of September.
Whole-house music system used to be so simple: They distributed a single source, like a CD player, to multiple sets of speakers.

In science:

The distribution function H is either the unit Gumbel distribution Λ(x) := exp(− exp(−x)), x ∈ IR, the unit Weibull distribution Ψγ (x) := exp(−|x|γ ), γ ∈ (0, ∞), x ∈ (−∞, 0), or the unit Fr´echet distribution Φγ (x) := exp(−x−γ ), γ ∈ (0, ∞), x ∈ (0, ∞).
Conditional Limits of W_p scale Mixture Distributions
Then for any y > 0 the distribution of √n(bηn,1(y ) − ϕ)/ω converges to the standard normal distribution and consequently the distribution of √n(bηn,1(y ) − ϕ)/pbηn,2(y ) converges also to the standard normal distribution.
Estimation in nonstationary random coefficient autoregressive models
The probability distribution of these parameters is derived, showing that it factorizes into a product of 10 independent distributions of one parameter and a joint distribution of the 4 remaining ones, each of these distributions being explicitly given.
Quantum circuit for three-qubit random states
Since Vi is a sum of many independent random variables it is Gaussian distributed (notice here that the assumption about Gaussian distribution for miα is not necessary condition for Vi to be Gaussian distributed; it is sufficient that dots have a distribution with a finite variance).
Superconducting film with randomly magnetized dots: A realization of the 2D XY model with random phase shifts
TRNG implements a large variety of distributions, from standard distributions like uniform, exponential or Poisson distributions to lesser known distributions like Fisher-Snedecor- and Rayleigh-distributions.
Random Number Generators: A Survival Guide for Large Scale Simulations
Each distribution comes with functions to calculate its probability density, its cumulative distribution and, in the case of continuous distributions, its inverse cumulative distribution.
Random Number Generators: A Survival Guide for Large Scale Simulations
Some g (A) functions, where A is a spherical random matrix, have invariant distributions under the corresponding class of spherical distribution, under certain conditions; in other words, Y = g (A) has the same distribution for each particular spherical distribution.
Random matrix theory and multivariate statistics
This says that the moment-generating function of our distribution is dominated by that of a Gaussian distribution, which is also equivalent to requiring that the tails of our distribution decay at least as fast as the tails of a Gaussian distribution.
A simple proof that random matrices are democratic
Examples of sub-Gaussian distributions include the Gaussian distribution, the Rademacher distribution, and the uniform distribution.
A simple proof that random matrices are democratic
In order to check if a Γ-distribution can capture the experimentally observed free volume distributions, we tested both the three fitting parameter distribution, and the two fitting parameter distribution, which corresponds to setting δ = 1 in Eq. 3.
Spatial distribution functions of random packed granular spheres obtained by direct particle imaging
FIG. 4: Semi-log plot of the degree distribution of an horizontal visibility graph associated to random series of 106 data extracted from a uniform distribution f (x) = U [0, 1] (triangles), a Gaussian distribution (circles), and power law distribution f (x) ∼ x−2 (squares).
Horizontal visibility graphs: exact results for random time series
The class of type G distributions Gsym (R) is the class of symmetric distributions on R which are variance mixtures of the standard Gaussian distribution with positive infinitely divisible mixing distributions.
Random matrix models of stochastic integral type for free infinitely divisible distributions
One may ask if the difference in hysteresis for a Delta function distribution {ai = a} and a Gaussian distribution comes from the difference between a sharply localized distribution and an unbounded distribution.
Critical Hysteresis in Random Field XY and Heisenberg Models
The generalised CLT states that, in the large r limit, the average of independent and identically distributed random variables drawn from a distribution P possesses either a Normal distribution or a Stable distribution. (Throughout this paper we refer to a Normal distribution as distinct from a Stable distribution.
Optimum and efficient sampling for variational quantum Monte Carlo
Let us also point out that the limit distribution of the variables eϕij is natural, since it is exactly the same distribution as one gets as the asymptotic distribution of the angles between N independent random unit vectors in Rn, chosen from a uniform distribution on S n−1, as n → ∞; cf. [17, Thm. 4].
On the distribution of angles between the N shortest vectors in a random lattice