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disperse
used in 1776

4 uses
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Definition
to scatter or cause to spread
  • And in less than an hour after, the fog having dispersed, the enemy was visible on the shore we had left [behind].
    p. 191.5
  • A local Moravian pastor, Ewald Shewkirk, writing in his diary of such "very unhappy and shocking scenes," noted also, "Some of the generals, and especially Putnam, and their forces had enough to do to quell the riot and make the mob disperse."
    p. 133.4
  • The army, dispersed as it was from one end of York Island to the other, could not possibly stop an attack, and another such defeat as at Brooklyn could be ruinous.
    p. 206.1
  • "This, in all probability," he later wrote, "would have dispersed the Congress, and .... deranged all their affairs."
    p. 252.2

There are no more uses of "disperse" in 1776.

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