What does the word dispersion mean?

Usage examples for dispersion

  1. We have no proof that they brought this art along with them from their original centre of dispersion, though if they did it is curious that they did not carry it into other countries where they penetrated besides those of the Mediterranean. – Rough Stone Monuments and Their Builders by T. Eric Peet
  2. There must have been other centres of dispersion of species in Europe. – The History of the European Fauna by R. F. Scharff
  3. The end of it would be the prompt dispersion of the pilgrims and the discredit of the cause. – The Revolution in Tanner's Lane by Mark Rutherford