distribute vs stagger what difference

what is difference between distribute and stagger

English

Etymology

From Latin distributus, past participle of distribuere (to divide, distribute), from dis- (apart) + tribuere (to give, impart); see tribute.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɨˈstɹɪbjuːt/, /ˈdɪstɹɨbjuːt/
  • (General American) enPR: dĭ-strĭbʹyo͞ot, IPA(key): /dɪˈstɹɪbjut/
  • Rhymes: -ɪbjuːt, -ɪstɹɪbjuːt
  • Hyphenation: dis‧trib‧ute

Verb

distribute (third-person singular simple present distributes, present participle distributing, simple past and past participle distributed)

  1. (transitive) To divide into portions and dispense.
  2. (transitive) To supply to retail outlets.
  3. (transitive) To deliver or pass out.
  4. (transitive) To scatter or spread.
  5. (transitive) To apportion (more or less evenly).
  6. (transitive) To classify or separate into categories.
  7. (intransitive, mathematics) To be distributive.
  8. (printing) To separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases.
  9. (printing) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.
  10. (logic) To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as universal in one premise.
    • 1826, Richard Whately, Elements of Logic
      A term is said to be distributed when it is taken universal, so as to stand for everything it is capable of being applied to.

Synonyms

  • (to divide into portions and dispense): allot, dispend, parcel out; see also Thesaurus:distribute
  • (to deliver or pass out): courier
  • (to scatter or spread): disperse, sparble, strew; see also Thesaurus:disperse
  • (to classify or separate into categories): categorize, sort; see also Thesaurus:classify

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Derived terms

Further reading

  • distribute in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • distribute in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • turbidites

Latin

Etymology

From distribūtus, participle of distribuō (distribute, apportion)

Adverb

distribūtē (comparative distribūtius, superlative distribūtissimē)

  1. orderly, methodically

Related terms

  • distribuō
  • distribūtiō
  • distribūtus

References

  • distribute in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)


English

Etymology

From Middle English stageren, stakeren, from Old Norse stakra (to push, stagger). Cognate with dialectal Danish stagre.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈstæɡə/ 
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈstæɡɚ/
  • Rhymes: -æɡə(r)

Noun

stagger (plural staggers)

  1. An unsteady movement of the body in walking or standing as if one were about to fall; a reeling motion
    • 7 October 2012, Paolo Bandini in The Guardian, Denver Broncos 21 New England Patriots 31 – as it happened
      Put down the rosary beads folks, I believe hell may just have frozen over. Peyton Manning drops back, sees nothing open and runs for a first down. If you can call that running. More like the stagger of a wounded rhino. Did the job, though
    • 1861, Ellen Wood, East Lynne Chapter 39
      Afy slowly gathered in the sense of the words. She gasped twice, as if her breath had gone, and then, with a stagger and a shiver, fell heavily to the ground.
    • 1843, Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol Stave 2
      And when old Fezziwig and Mrs. Fezziwig had gone all through the dance; advance and retire; both hands to your partner, bow and courtesy, corkscrew, thread the needle, and back again to your place; Fezziwig “cut”—cut so deftly that he appeared to wink with his legs, and came upon his feet again without a stagger.
  2. (veterinary medicine) A disease of horses and other animals, attended by reeling, unsteady gait or sudden falling
  3. Bewilderment; perplexity.
  4. The spacing out of various actions over time.
    • 19 April 2016, Rachel Roddy in The Guardian, Rachel Roddy’s Roman spring vegetable stew recipe
      I don’t include cured pork, although it is very nice, and rather than putting everything in the pan at once I prefer a stagger of ingredients, which ensures each one gets the right amount of time.
  5. (motor racing) The difference in circumference between the left and right tires on a racing vehicle. It is used on oval tracks to make the car turn better in the corners.
  6. (aviation) The horizontal positioning of a biplane, triplane, or multiplane’s wings in relation to one another.

Translations

Verb

stagger (third-person singular simple present staggers, present participle staggering, simple past and past participle staggered)

  1. Sway unsteadily, reel, or totter.
    1. (intransitive) In standing or walking, to sway from one side to the other as if about to fall; to stand or walk unsteadily; to reel or totter.
      She began to stagger across the room.
      • Deep was the wound; he staggered with the blow.
    2. (transitive) To cause to reel or totter.
      The powerful blow of his opponent’s fist staggered the boxer.
    3. (intransitive) To cease to stand firm; to begin to give way; to fail.
      • 1708, Joseph Addison, The Present State of the War, and the Necessity of an Augmentation
        The enemy staggers.
  2. Doubt, waver, be shocked.
    1. (intransitive) To begin to doubt and waver in purposes; to become less confident or determined; to hesitate.
      • He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief.
    2. (transitive) To cause to doubt and waver; to make to hesitate; to make less steady or confident; to shock.
      He will stagger the committee when he presents his report.
      • 1640, James Howell, England’s Teares for the present Warres
        whosoever will be curious to read the future story of this intricate war , if it be possible to compile a story of it , he will find himself much staggered.
      • 1796, Edmund Burke, a letter to a noble lord
        Grants to the house of Russell were so enormous, as not only to outrage economy, but even to stagger credibility.
  3. (transitive) Have multiple groups doing the same thing in a uniform fashion, but starting at different, evenly-spaced, times or places (attested from 1856).
    1. To arrange (a series of parts) on each side of a median line alternately, as the spokes of a wheel or the rivets of a boiler seam.
    2. To arrange similar objects such that each is ahead or above and to one side of the next.
      We will stagger the starting positions for the race on the oval track.
    3. To schedule in intervals.
      We will stagger the run so the faster runners can go first, then the joggers.

Translations

See also

  • bestagger
  • staggeringly
  • staggers

References

Anagrams

  • gagster, gargets, taggers

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