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verb [with object]
throw in various random directions:scatter the coconut over the icing his family is hoping to scatter his ashes at sea
) [usually with adverbial] occur or be found at intervals rather than all together:there are many mills scattered throughout the marshlands (as adjective scattered)a scattered mountain community
(of a group of people or animals) separate and move off quickly in different directions:the roar made the dogs scatter cause (a group of people or animals) to separate and move off quickly in different directions:he charged across the foyer, scattering people
(usually be scattered with
) cover (a surface) with objects thrown or spread randomly over it:sandy beaches scattered with driftwood
Physics deflect or diffuse (electromagnetic radiation or particles).
a small, dispersed amount of something:a scatter of houses on the north shore Statistics the degree to which repeated measurements or observations of a quantity differ. Physics the scattering of light, other electromagnetic radiation, or particles.