scattering

noun
scat·​ter·​ing | \ ˈska-tə-riŋ How to pronounce scattering (audio) \

Definition of scattering

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

scattering

adjective

Definition of scattering (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : going in various directions
2 : found or placed far apart and in no order
3 : divided among many or several scattering votes

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Adjective

scatteringly \ ˈska-​tə-​riŋ-​lē How to pronounce scattering (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for scattering

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of scattering in a Sentence

Noun the scattering of the protesters suddenly turned violent and chaotic a scattering of people in the mostly empty theater
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Enter the Oreck Professional Upright Vacuum Cleaner, a trusty, commercial-grade appliance that's designed to be employed for heavier use — not simply to pick up a scattering of crumbs. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 15 Oct. 2021 The Angels thrilled the scattering of 14,863 die-hard fans with a five-run inning to take a 5-3 lead in the seventh. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2021 The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which includes four other local mission sites, does not allow scattering of ashes. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 29 June 2021 Normally there will be a scattering of bear hunters and a few guys chasing birds as long as the Denali stays open. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Sep. 2021 Martin Marietta’s Kirby Ready Mix plant sits just off Loop 410, a few hundred feet west of the scattering of homes where Sanchez lives. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Sep. 2021 When classes began a couple of weeks ago, before the first and then the second teacher at Connally Junior High School died of covid-19, only a scattering of students wore masks. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2021 When classes began a couple of weeks ago, before the first and then the second teacher at Connally Junior High School died of covid-19, only a scattering of students wore masks. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 The scattering of oaks here make this part of the park an oak savanna, a subset of prairies, which are landscapes populated by grasses, sedges (grass-like plants) and forbs (flowering plants). Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of scattering

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of scattering was in the 14th century

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17 Oct 2021

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“Scattering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scattering. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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scattering

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scattering

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

scattering

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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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