a haphazard distribution in all directions
scatter, scattering, strewing(verb)
the act of scattering
disperse, dissipate, dispel, break up, scatter(verb)
to cause to separate and go in different directions
"She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"
disperse, dissipate, scatter, spread out(verb)
move away from each other
"The crowds dispersed"; "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";
scatter, sprinkle, dot, dust, disperse(verb)
"He scattered gun powder under the wagon"
sow by scattering
break up, disperse, scatter(verb)
cause to separate
"break up kidney stones"; "disperse particles"
spread, scatter, spread out(verb)
strew or distribute over an area
"He spread fertilizer over the lawn"; "scatter cards across the table"
To (cause to) separate and go in different directions; to disperse.
To distribute loosely as by sprinkling.
Her ashes were scattered at the top of a waterfall.
To deflect (radiation or particles).
To occur or fall at widely spaced intervals.
Origin: From scateren, from sceaterian, probably from a dialect of Old Norse. Compare Low German schateren, Dutch schateren and Norwegian skratte ('to burst out laughing').
to strew about; to sprinkle around; to throw down loosely; to deposit or place here and there, esp. in an open or sparse order
to cause to separate in different directions; to reduce from a close or compact to a loose or broken order; to dissipate; to disperse
hence, to frustrate, disappoint, and overthrow; as, to scatter hopes, plans, or the like
to be dispersed or dissipated; to disperse or separate; as, clouds scatter after a storm
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
skat′ėr, v.t. to disperse in all directions: to throw loosely about: to strew: to sprinkle: to dispel: to put to flight: to drop: to throw shot too loosely.—v.i. to be dispersed or dissipated.—n. Scatt′erbrain, a thoughtless, giddy person.—adjs. Scatt′er-brained, giddy; Scatt′ered, widely separated: wandering: distracted: irregular.—ns. Scatt′erer, one who or that which scatters; Scatt′er-good, a spendthrift; Scatt′er-gun, a shot-gun; Scatt′ering, something scattered: dispersion: that which has been scattered: the irregular reflection of light from a surface not perfectly smooth.—adj. dispersing: rare, sporadic: diversified.—adv. Scatt′eringly, in a dispersed manner: here and there.—ns. Scatt′erling (Spens.), one who has no fixed abode: a vagabond; Scatt′ermouch, any Latin or Levantine, in Pacific slang.—adj. Scatt′ery, dispersed: sparse: few and far between. [A.S. scateran, scaterian; cf. Shatter.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'scatter' in Verbs Frequency: #833
The numerical value of scatter in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of scatter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
If you scatter thorns, don't go barefoot.
There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.
Be thou generous, and gentle, and forgiving; as God hath scattered upon thee, scatter thou upon others.
There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.
We know dark matter exists around galaxies and we want to ask — if light from the galaxy can scatter off the dark matter, like a dust cloud, can you actually observe this light?
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- نثر, تفرقArabic
- zerstreuen, streuenGerman
- esparcir, dispersar, desviarSpanish
- sirottaa, sirota, sirotellaFinnish
- éparpiller, se disperser, disperser, parsemerFrench
- breac, frasScottish Gaelic
- sparpagliare, disperdere, cospargere, dilazionarsi, disperdersi, deflettereItalian
- 散布, 散乱, 蒔く, 散る, 散らす, 散らばる, 散らかす, 撒く, 播くJapanese
- 흩다, 뿌리다, 흩어지다Korean
- verstrooien, uiteengaan, verspreiden, uiteenspattenDutch
- spreieNorwegian Nynorsk
- espalhar, dispersarPortuguese
- разбрасывать, разбрызгать, рассеивать, разбрызгивать, рассеять, разбросатьRussian
- skingra, beströ, strö ut, strö, skingras, spridaSwedish
- saçmak, serpiştirmek, yaymak, serpmek, dağılmak, savurmakTurkish
- tiêu tanVietnamese
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