What does scatter mean?

Definitions for scatter
ˈskæt ərscat·ter

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word scatter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scatter, spreadnoun

    a haphazard distribution in all directions

  2. scatter, scattering, strewingverb

    the act of scattering

  3. disperse, dissipate, dispel, break up, scatterverb

    to cause to separate and go in different directions

    "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"

  4. disperse, dissipate, scatter, spread outverb

    move away from each other

    "The crowds dispersed"; "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";

  5. scatter, sprinkle, dot, dust, disperseverb

    distribute loosely

    "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"

  6. scatterverb

    sow by scattering

    "scatter seeds"

  7. break up, disperse, scatterverb

    cause to separate

    "break up kidney stones"; "disperse particles"

  8. spread, scatter, spread outverb

    strew or distribute over an area

    "He spread fertilizer over the lawn"; "scatter cards across the table"

Wiktionary

  1. scatterverb

    To (cause to) separate and go in different directions; to disperse.

    Etymology: From scateren, from sceaterian, probably from a dialect of Old Norse. Compare Low German schateren, Dutch schateren and Norwegian skratte ('to burst out laughing').

  2. scatterverb

    To distribute loosely as by sprinkling.

    Her ashes were scattered at the top of a waterfall.

    Etymology: From scateren, from sceaterian, probably from a dialect of Old Norse. Compare Low German schateren, Dutch schateren and Norwegian skratte ('to burst out laughing').

  3. scatterverb

    To deflect (radiation or particles).

    Etymology: From scateren, from sceaterian, probably from a dialect of Old Norse. Compare Low German schateren, Dutch schateren and Norwegian skratte ('to burst out laughing').

  4. scatterverb

    To occur or fall at widely spaced intervals.

    Etymology: From scateren, from sceaterian, probably from a dialect of Old Norse. Compare Low German schateren, Dutch schateren and Norwegian skratte ('to burst out laughing').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scatterverb

    to strew about; to sprinkle around; to throw down loosely; to deposit or place here and there, esp. in an open or sparse order

  2. Scatterverb

    to cause to separate in different directions; to reduce from a close or compact to a loose or broken order; to dissipate; to disperse

  3. Scatterverb

    hence, to frustrate, disappoint, and overthrow; as, to scatter hopes, plans, or the like

  4. Scatterverb

    to be dispersed or dissipated; to disperse or separate; as, clouds scatter after a storm

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scatter

    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.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'scatter' in Verbs Frequency: #833

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scatter in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scatter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of scatter in a Sentence

  1. George Washington:

    May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy.

  2. Hau Kha:

    They fire artillery, there are often casualties and the civilians scatter into the jungle.

  3. Saadi Shirazi:

    Be thou generous, and gentle, and forgiving; as God hath scattered upon thee, scatter thou upon others.

  4. Mark Twain:

    Behold, the fool saith, Put not all thine eggs in the one basket, -- which is but a manner of saying, Scatter your money and your attention, but the wise man saith, Put all your eggs in the one basket and -- watch that basket.

  5. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.

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Translations for scatter

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  • تفرق, نثرArabic
  • zerstreuen, streuenGerman
  • disĵetiEsperanto
  • esparcir, desviar, dispersarSpanish
  • پراکندن, پراکنده کردنPersian
  • sirotella, sirottaa, sirotaFinnish
  • dispersion, parsemer, se disperser, disperser, éparpillerFrench
  • breac, frasScottish Gaelic
  • dilazionarsi, disperdersi, sparpagliare, cospargere, deflettere, disperdereItalian
  • לְפַזֵרHebrew
  • 散らす, 散らかす, 播く, 散らばる, 散布, 散乱, 撒く, 蒔く, 散るJapanese
  • 흩다, 흩어지다, 뿌리다Korean
  • whakamararaMāori
  • spreNorwegian
  • uiteenspatten, verstrooien, uiteengaan, verspreidenDutch
  • spreieNorwegian Nynorsk
  • strøNorwegian
  • dispersar, espalharPortuguese
  • разбрызгивать, рассеивать, разбросать, разбрызгать, разбрасывать, рассеятьRussian
  • strö, skingras, sprida, skingra, strö ut, beströSwedish
  • చెల్లాచెదరుTelugu
  • กระจายThai
  • dağılmak, saçmak, serpiştirmek, yaymak, serpmek, savurmakTurkish
  • tiêu tanVietnamese
  • 分散Chinese

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