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1 (statistics) an arrangement of values of a variable showing their observed or theoretical frequency of occurrence [syn: statistical distribution]
2 the spatial property of being scattered about over an area or volume [syn: dispersion] [ant: concentration]
3 the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning
4 the commercial activity of transporting and selling goods from a producer to a consumer

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  • /ˌdɪstɹəˈbjuːʃən/, /%dIstr\@"bju:S@n/


From distributionem, from distribuere.


  1. An act of distributing or state of being distributed.
  2. An apportionment by law (of funds, property).
  3. The process by which commodities get to final consumers, including storing, selling, shipping, and advertising.
  4. The frequency of occurrence or extent of existence.
  5. Anything distributed; portion; share
  6. The result of distributing; arrangement.
  7. The relative arrangements of the elements of a statistical population based on some criterion, as frequency, time, or location


act of distribution or being distributed
apportionment by law of funds, property
  • Finnish: jako
  • German: Aufteilung
process by which commodities get to final consumers
  • Finnish: jakelu
  • German: Distribution, Absatz
frequency of occurrence or extent of existence
  • Finnish: jakauma
  • German: Distribution, Verbreitung, Aufteilung
anything distributed; portion; share
  • Finnish: osa, osuus
  • German: Streuung, Verbreitung, Aufteilung
the result of distributing; arrangement
  • Finnish: jakauma
  • German: Distribution, Aufteilung
  • Russian: распространение
distribution in statistics
  • Czech: rozdělení
  • Finnish: jakauma
  • German: Distribution, Gliederung, Aufteilung
  • Russian: распределение
  • Swedish: fördelning



From Classical distributio.



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Extensive Definition

Distribution may refer to:

Mathematics / Physics

Distribution theory commonly refers to either the theory of generalized functions or the theory of probability distributions.

Computer science

See also

distribution in German: Verteilung
distribution in French: Distribution
distribution in Indonesian: Distribusi
distribution in Italian: Distribuzione
distribution in Dutch: Distributie
distribution in Japanese: 分布
distribution in Portuguese: Distribuição
distribution in Sicilian: Distribbuzzioni
distribution in Simple English: Distribution
distribution in Thai: การกระจายตัว

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