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scattering

noun scat·ter·ing \ ˈska-tə-riŋ \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of scattering

1 : an act or process in which something scatters or is scattered
2 : something scattered: such 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

Examples of scattering in a Sentence

  1. the scattering of the protesters suddenly turned violent and chaotic

  2. a scattering of people in the mostly empty theater

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First Known Use of scattering

14th century


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scattering

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

scatteringly

play \ˈska-tə-riŋ-lē\ adverb

First Known Use of scattering

15th century


SCATTERING Defined for English Language Learners

scattering

noun

Definition of scattering for English Language Learners

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


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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