Distributing past office, an office where the mails for a large district are collected to be assorted according to their destination and forwarded.

(Dis`tri*bu"tion) n. [L. distributio: cf. F. distribution.]

1. The act of distributing or dispensing; the act of dividing or apportioning among several or many; apportionment; as, the distribution of an estate among heirs or children.

The phenomena of geological distribution are exactly analogous to those of geography.
A. R. Wallace.

2. Separation into parts or classes; arrangement of anything into parts; disposition; classification.

3. That which is distributed. "Our charitable distributions." Atterbury.

Distressedness to Disvaluation

(Dis*tress"ed*ness), n. A state of being distressed or greatly pained.

(Dis*tress"ful) a. Full of distress; causing, indicating, or attended with, distress; as, a distressful situation. "Some distressful stroke." Shak. "Distressful cries." Pope.Dis*tress"ful*ly, adv.

(Dis*tress"ing) a. Causing distress; painful; unpleasant.

(Dis*tress"ing), adv. In a distressing manner.

(Dis*trib"u*ta*ble) a. Capable of being distributed. Sir W. Jones.

(Dis*trib"u*ta*ry) a. Tending to distribute or be distributed; that distributes; distributive.

(Dis*trib"ute) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distributed; p. pr. & vb. n. Distributing.] [L. distributus, p. p. of distribuere to divide, distribute; dis- + tribuere to assign, give, allot. See Tribute.]

1. To divide among several or many; to deal out; to apportion; to allot.

She did distribute her goods to all them that were nearest of kindred.
Judith xvi. 24.

2. To dispense; to administer; as, to distribute justice. Shak.

3. To divide or separate, as into classes, orders, kinds, or species; to classify; to assort, as specimens, letters, etc.

4. (Printing) (a) To separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases. (b) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.

5. (Logic) To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as universal in one premise.

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.

Syn. — To dispense; deal out; apportion; allot; share; assign; divide.

(Dis*trib"ute), v. i. To make distribution.

Distributing to the necessity of saints.
Rom. xii. 13.

(Dis*trib"u*ter) n. One who, or that which, distributes or deals out anything; a dispenser. Addison.

(Dis*trib"u*ting), a. That distributes; dealing out.

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