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scatter

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a small number
  • played before only a scatter of spectators in that huge stadium
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scatter

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1 to cause (members of a group) to move widely apart
  • The noise of the backfiring car scattered the pigeons.
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2 to cover by or as if by scattering something over or on
  • The hillside was scattered with boulders deposited by the last ice age.
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3 to go off in different directions and cease to exist as a body or unified whole
  • The crowd at the beach scattered when it started to rain.
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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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