Distribution vs Dividend - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between distribution and dividend

is that distribution is distribution while dividend is dividend.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



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  • The steps or operations by which steam is supplied to and withdrawn from the cylinder at each stroke of the piston: admission, suppression or cutting off, release or exhaust, and compression of exhaust steam prior to the next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.)



    (en noun)
  • (arithmetic) A number or expression that is to be divided by another.
  • In "42 ÷ 3" the dividend is the 42.
  • (finance) A pro rata payment of money by a company to its shareholders, usually made periodically (eg, quarterly or annually).
  • Hyponyms

    * regular dividend, special dividend

    See also

    * addition, summation: (augend) + (addend) = (summand) × (summand) = (sum, total) * subtraction: (minuend) ? (subtrahend) = (difference) * multiplication: (multiplier) × (multiplicand) = (factor) × (factor) = (product) * division: (dividend) ÷ (divisor) = (quotient), remainder left over if divisor does not divide dividend * numerator ----