Definition of Scatter

1. Noun. A haphazard distribution in all directions.

Exact synonyms: Spread
Generic synonyms: Dispersion, Distribution
Specialized synonyms: Diffuseness
Derivative terms: Spread, Spread, Spread, Spread, Spread, Spread, Spread

2. Verb. To cause to separate and go in different directions. "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"
Exact synonyms: Break Up, Dispel, Disperse, Dissipate
Specialized synonyms: Disband
Generic synonyms: Divide, Separate
Derivative terms: Dispersion, Dissipation, Scattering, Scattering

3. Noun. The act of scattering.
Exact synonyms: Scattering, Strewing
Generic synonyms: Spread, Spreading
Derivative terms: Strew

4. Verb. Move away from each other. "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached"
Exact synonyms: Disperse, Dissipate, Spread Out
Specialized synonyms: Aerosolise, Aerosolize, Break, Volley
Generic synonyms: Part, Separate, Split
Derivative terms: Dispersion, Dissipation, Scattering

5. Verb. Distribute loosely. "They scatter sugar over the cake"; "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"
Exact synonyms: Disperse, Dot, Dust, Sprinkle
Specialized synonyms: Spray, Spray, Plash, Spatter, Splash, Splatter, Splosh, Swash, Splash, Splosh, Sprinkle, Bespangle, Aerosolise, Aerosolize
Generic synonyms: Discharge
Derivative terms: Dispersive, Dust, Sprinkling

6. Verb. Sow by scattering. "Scatter seeds"
Generic synonyms: Seed, Sow
Derivative terms: Scattering

7. Verb. Cause to separate. "Disperse particles"
Exact synonyms: Break Up, Disperse
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity
Specialized synonyms: Backscatter

8. Verb. Strew or distribute over an area. "Scatter cards across the table"
Exact synonyms: Spread, Spread Out
Generic synonyms: Circulate, Distribute, Pass Around, Pass On
Specialized synonyms: Manure, Muck, Birdlime, Lime, Circumfuse, Distribute
Derivative terms: Scattering, Spread, Spread, Spread, Spreader

Definition of Scatter

1. v. t. To strew about; to sprinkle around; to throw down loosely; to deposit or place here and there, esp. in an open or sparse order.

2. v. i. To be dispersed or dissipated; to disperse or separate; as, clouds scatter after a storm.

Definition of Scatter

1. Verb. (ergative) To (cause to) separate and go in different directions; to disperse. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To distribute loosely as by sprinkling. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) (physics) To deflect (radiation or particles). ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To occur or fall at widely spaced intervals. ¹

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Definition of Scatter

1. to go or send in various directions [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Scatter

1. Spread in irradiation away from its target. (16 Dec 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Scatter

scatter (current term)
scatter factor
scatter pin
scatter plot
scatter rug
scattered disc
scattered radiation
scattered shower

Literary usage of Scatter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Concordance to the English Poems of Thomas Gray by Albert Stanburrough Cook, Concordance Society (1908)
"The triple dog that scares the shadowy kind, scatter. Prop.2 44. scatter plenty o'er a smiling land, Kl 63. scatter with a free, though frugal, ..."

2. Suomalais-englantilainen sanakirja by Severi Alanne (1919)
"... level with (1. raze to) the ground, level, raze; ranks of (1. rout) the enemy; — voimiaan divide one's forces, scatter one's strength. ..."

3. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"... the steely point Under the brain went onward ; white the bones scatter'd, and all the teeth came shatter'd forth ; His eyeballs fill'd with blood ..."

4. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"All from ^STAR, to scatter; sec Straw, sometimes means to go or come forward, to proceed, advance ; see Gloss, to Spec, of Eng., ed. ..."

5. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"To scatter the attention. Simple oil is reduced into ... L. To scatter every way; to disperse. The heat at length grows so great, ..."

6. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"See scatter. space, n. I. See TIME. 2. Referring to the generic idea: place (noto archaic or rhetorical, and chiefly in contrast to "time"), expansion (ob«. ..."

7. Sacred songs: no. 2, compiled and arranged for use in gospel meetings by Ira David Sankey, James McGranahan, George C Stebbins (1899)
"Оно. — Then scatter seeds of kindness, Then scatter seeds of kindness, Then scatter seeds of kindness, For our reaping by and by. ..."

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