(1)   The act of distributing or spreading or apportioning
(2)   The commercial activity of transporting and selling goods from a producer to a consumer
(3)   The spatial property of being scattered about over an area or volume
(4)   (statistics) an arrangement of values of a variable showing their observed or theoretical frequency of occurrence


From distributio, from distribuere 'to distribute', itself from dis- 'apart' + tribuere 'to ' (from tribus).


  1. An act of distributing or state of being distributed.
  2. An apportionment by law (of funds, property).
  3. The process by which goods get to final consumers over a geographical market, 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. A probability distribution; the set of relative likelihoods that a variable will have a value in a given interval.
  8. A set of bundled software components; distro.
  9. The apportionment of income or wealth in a population.
    The wealth distribution became extremely skewed in the kleptocracy.
  10. The action of experienced investors selling an asset to inexperienced investors at a high price.
  11. The process or result of the sale of securities, especially their placement among investors with long-term investment strategies.