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scattering

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1 an act or process in which something scatters or is scattered
  • the scattering of the protesters suddenly turned violent and chaotic

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2 a small number
  • a scattering of people in the mostly empty theater

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scattering

verb
present participle of scatter

Synonyms & Antonyms of scattering (Entry 2 of 2)

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
  • these drunken revelers will quickly scatter when the police arrive

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

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“Scattering.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/scattering. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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