Definition of scattering in English:


Line breaks: scat¦ter|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈskatərɪŋ


  • 1An act of scattering something: the colossal wastage involved in a random scattering
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    • The damage has involved the smashing of glass flower holders and the scattering of flowers and other objects which had been placed on graves.
    • The book earnestly tracks Elizabeth's life from her family roots to the sad scattering of her possessions after her death.
    • He is invited to attend the event which will include the dedication of commemorative bench and the scattering of his father's ashes.
  • 1.1A small, dispersed amount of something: the scattering of freckles across her cheeks and forehead
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    • Today, just a handful of shops and a scattering of houses remain, but its still worth a visit if only to capture the flavour of the island's unique heritage.
    • Before she could contemplate further, a scattering of small pebbles and concrete dust fell down on her from the pier above.
    • We had the same straight, long, red hair, piercing green eyes, and scattering of freckles.
    handful, few, one or two, not many, a small number; sprinkling, dusting, smattering, smatter
  • 2 [mass noun] Physics The process in which electromagnetic radiation or particles are deflected or diffused: scattering is detected by a photomultiplier
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    • Modern analysis shows that the presence in the atmosphere of dust and large moisture particles causes some scattering of light as it passes through it.
    • During transmission through tissues, energy is lost due to absorption and scattering, and thus the reflected energy of the echo is invariably lower than the original ultrasound.
    • His PhD wasn't concerned with the fission of a large nucleus but with the scattering of small nuclei or, to be precise, on how to calculate three-body forces - a very abstract topic.

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