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scatter

Pronunciation: /ˈskætər; ˈskætə(r)/

Translation of scatter in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 [salt/grit] esparcir*; [seeds] sembrar* (a voleo) the bag burst, scattering her purchases la bolsa se rompió y se le desparramaron todas las compras scatter some cushions around on the floor esparce or desparrama unos cuantos cojines por el sueloto scatter sth over/on sth clothes lay scattered all over the room había ropa desparramada or tirada por toda la habitación we scattered the ashes on the garden esparcimos las cenizas por el jardín to scatter the floor with sand esparcir* arena por el suelo
    Example sentences
    • Prendergast described how Glasgow funeral directors recently scattered the unclaimed ashes they had stored since the 1950s into the Clyde.
    • His staging was awkward; he tended to limit action unnecessarily to small parts of the stage and to scatter furniture about at random.
    • A brother and sister have delayed scattering their mum's ashes in the garden of their family home while they deal with the threat of eviction.
  • 2 2.1 (disperse) [crowd/group] dispersar the gunfire scattered the birds el tiro desperdigó a los pájaros they are now scattered all over the country ahora están desperdigados or diseminados por todo el país 2.2 [Physics/Física] [light/beam] dispersar
    Example sentences
    • The group scattered quickly and then regrouped after the flames ended.
    • After one group had enough exercise and fresh air, they would retreat to their bunkers and the next small group would scatter forth.
    • Frank goes on in his article to tell of how their little group scattered.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [crowd/light] dispersarse
    Example sentences
    • A mortar burst on the pavement, scattering a group of medics.
    • The war of 2001 destroyed that base, scattered the group and effectively ended the umbrella role he and his associates had played.
    • The protesters scuffled with police when officers moved in to scatter the crowd, but there were no reported injuries.
    Example sentences
    • Wavelengths at the blue end of the spectrum are scattered and absorbed more than those at the red end of the spectrum, so the sunlight appears to turn yellow, and then red.
    • One possibility is a powerful laser beaming from the nose of the plane to ‘melt’ a path through the air - scattering molecules so that they cause less friction.
    • The light scattered by a particle passing through these beams is collected and focused on a photomultiplier tube.

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