Distribution vs Colportage - What's the difference?

distribution | colportage |

As nouns the difference between distribution and colportage

is that distribution is an act of distributing or state of being distributed while colportage is the distribution or selling of publications via carriers, particularly devotional literature.



Alternative forms



(en noun)
  • An act of distributing or state of being distributed.
  • An apportionment by law (of funds, property).
  • (business, marketing) The process by which goods get to final consumers over a geographical market, including storing, selling, shipping and advertising.
  • The frequency of occurrence or extent of existence.
  • Anything distributed; portion; share.
  • * Atterbury
  • our charitable distributions
  • The result of distributing; arrangement.
  • (mathematics, statistics) A probability distribution; the set of relative likelihoods that a variable will have a value in a given interval.
  • (computing) A set of bundled software components; distro.
  • (economics) The apportionment of income or wealth in a population.
  • The wealth distribution became extremely skewed in the kleptocracy.
  • (finance) The process or result of the sale of securities, especially their placement among investors with long-term investment strategies.
  • The resolution of a whole into its parts.
  • The process of sorting the types and placing them in their proper boxes in the cases.
  • The steps or operations by which steam is supplied to and withdrawn from the cylinder at each stroke of the piston: admission, suppression or cutting off, release or exhaust, and compression of exhaust steam prior to the next admission.
  • (lb)
  • * 1553', , ''The Arte of Rhetorique'' (1962), book iii, folio 99, page 209 ''s.v.'' “' Di?tribucion ”:
  • It is al?o called a di?tribucion , when we diuide the whole, into ?euerall partes, and ?aie we haue foure poynctes, whereof we purpo?e to ?peake, comp?ehendyng our whole talke within compa??e of the?ame.
  • * 1728', (Ephraim Chambers), '''' I, page 230/2 ''s.v.'' “' Di?tribution ²”:
  • Di?tribution, in Rhetoric, a Kind of De?cription ; or a Figure, whereby an orderly Divi?ion, and Enumeration is made of the principal Qualities of a Subject.

    Derived terms

    (Derived terms) * distributional * distributionism * frequency distribution * income distribution * multidistribution * property distribution * stable distribution * probability distribution * tempered distribution


    * “ Distribution]” on page 534 of § 1 (D, ed. ) of volume III (D–E, 1897) of [[w:Oxford English Dictionary, A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles] (1st ed.)





  • the distribution or selling of publications via carriers, particularly devotional literature