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n 1  :  the act or process of dispersing  :  the state of being dispersed  2  :  the separation of light into colors by refraction or diffraction with formation of a spectrum : also  :  the separation of radiation into components in accordance with some varying characteristic (as energy)  3 a  :  a dispersed substance  b  :  a system consisting of a dispersed substance and the medium in which it is dispersed  :  COLLOID 2b - called also disperse system  .

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