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scatter

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verb scat·ter \ ˈska-tər \

Definition of scatter

transitive verb
1 a :to cause to separate widely
b :to cause to vanish
2 archaic :to fling away heedlessly :squander
3 :to distribute irregularly
4 :to sow by casting in all directions :strew
5 a :to reflect irregularly and diffusely
b :to cause (a beam of radiation) to diffuse or disperse
6 :to divide into ineffectual small portions
intransitive verb
1 :to separate and go in various directions :disperse
2 :to occur or fall irregularly or at random

scatterer

play \ˈska-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of scatter in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of scatter

Middle English scateren, schateren to disperse, break up, destroy; akin to Middle Dutch schaderen to scatter

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

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scatter

noun

Definition of scatter

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

Examples of scatter in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of scatter

1642



SCATTER Defined for English Language Learners

scatter

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verb

Definition of scatter for English Language Learners

  • : 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


scatter

noun

Definition of scatter for English Language Learners

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


SCATTER Defined for Kids

scatter

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verb scat·ter \ ˈska-tər \

Definition of scatter for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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scatter

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transitive verb scat·ter \ ˈskat-ər \

medical Definition of scatter

:to cause (a beam of radiation) to diffuse or disperse

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scatter

noun

medical Definition of scatter

1 :the act of scattering
2 :the state or extent of being scattered; especially :scattering


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