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1scattering

noun scat·ter·ing \ˈska-tə-riŋ\

: a small number or group of things or people that are seen or found at different places or times

Full Definition of SCATTERING

1
:  an act or process in which something scatters or is scattered
2
:  something scattered: as
a :  a small number or quantity interspersed here and there <a scattering of visitors>
b :  the random change in direction of the particles constituting a beam or wave front due to collision with particles of the medium traversed
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Examples of SCATTERING

  1. <the scattering of the protesters suddenly turned violent and chaotic>
  2. <a scattering of people in the mostly empty theater>

First Known Use of SCATTERING

14th century

Rhymes with SCATTERING

2scattering

adjective

Definition of SCATTERING

1
:  going in various directions
2
:  found or placed far apart and in no order
3
:  divided among many or several <scattering votes>
scat·ter·ing·ly \ˈska-tə-riŋ-lē\ adverb

First Known Use of SCATTERING

15th century
Medical Dictionary

scattering

noun scat·ter·ing

Medical Definition of SCATTERING

:  the random change in direction of the particles constituting a beam or wave front due to collision with particles of the medium traversed

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