verb scat·ter \ˈska-tər\

: to cause (things or people) to separate and go in different directions

: to separate and go in different directions

: to place or leave (things) in different places

Full Definition of SCATTER

transitive verb
a :  to cause to separate widely
b :  to cause to vanish
archaic :  to fling away heedlessly :  squander
:  to distribute irregularly
:  to sow by casting in all directions :  strew
a :  to reflect irregularly and diffusely
b :  to cause (a beam of radiation) to diffuse or disperse
:  to divide into ineffectual small portions
intransitive verb
:  to separate and go in various directions :  disperse
:  to occur or fall irregularly or at random
scat·ter·er \-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of SCATTER

  1. The wind scattered the pile of leaves.
  2. The marbles scattered across the floor.
  3. She scattered the books on the table.
  4. He scatters his toys all around the house.

Origin of SCATTER

Middle English scateren, schateren to disperse, break up, destroy; akin to Middle Dutch schaderen to scatter
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of SCATTER

scatter, disperse, dissipate, dispel mean to cause to separate or break up. scatter implies a force that drives parts or units irregularly in many directions <the bowling ball scattered the pins>. disperse implies a wider separation and a complete breaking up of a mass or group <police dispersed the crowd>. dissipate stresses complete disintegration or dissolution and final disappearance <the fog was dissipated by the morning sun>. dispel stresses a driving away or getting rid of as if by scattering <an authoritative statement that dispelled all doubt>.



: a small number or group of things placed or found apart from each other

Full Definition of SCATTER

:  the act of scattering
:  a small quantity or number irregularly distributed or strewn about :  scattering
:  the state or extent of being scattered; especially :  dispersion

Examples of SCATTER

  1. <played before only a scatter of spectators in that huge stadium>

First Known Use of SCATTER

SCATTERER Defined for Kids


verb scat·ter \ˈska-tər\

Definition of SCATTER for Kids

:  to toss, sow, or place here and there <He scattered his toys all around the house.>
:  to separate or cause to separate and go in different ways <The crowd suddenly scattered.>


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