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ˈskæt ər ɪŋscat·ter·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scattering, sprinklingnoun

    a small number (of something) dispersed haphazardly

    "the first scatterings of green"; "a sprinkling of grey at his temples"

  2. scatteringnoun

    the physical process in which particles are deflected haphazardly as a result of collisions

  3. scattering, sprinkle, sprinklingnoun

    a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby

  4. dispersion, scatteringnoun

    spreading widely or driving off

  5. scatter, scattering, strewingnoun

    the act of scattering


  1. scatteringnoun

    A small quantity of something occurring at irregular intervals and dispersed at random points,

    There will be a scattering of showers, with heavy rain in places.

  2. scatteringnoun

    The process whereby a beam of waves or particles is dispersed by collisions or similar interactions.


  1. scattering

    Scattering refers to the process or phenomenon where particles, waves, or signals spread out in different directions when colliding with or confronting certain mediums or obstacles. It can occur in various fields such as physics, telecommunication, and signal processing, altering the direction, energy, and other properties of the scattered entities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scattering

    of Scatter

  2. Scatteringadjective

    going or falling in various directions; not united or aggregated; divided among many; as, scattering votes

  3. Scatteringnoun

    act of strewing about; something scattered


  1. Scattering

    Scattering is a general physical process where some forms of radiation, such as light, sound, or moving particles, are forced to deviate from a straight trajectory by one or more localized non-uniformities in the medium through which they pass. In conventional use, this also includes deviation of reflected radiation from the angle predicted by the law of reflection. Reflections that undergo scattering are often called diffuse reflections and unscattered reflections are called specular reflections The types of non-uniformities which can cause scattering, sometimes known as scatterers or scattering centers, are too numerous to list, but a small sample includes particles, bubbles, droplets, density fluctuations in fluids, crystallites in polycrystalline solids, defects in monocrystalline solids, surface roughness, cells in organisms, and textile fibers in clothing. The effects of such features on the path of almost any type of propagating wave or moving particle can be described in the framework of scattering theory. Some areas where scattering and scattering theory are significant include radar sensing, medical ultrasound, semiconductor wafer inspection, polymerization process monitoring, acoustic tiling, free-space communications, and computer-generated imagery.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scattering in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scattering in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of scattering in a Sentence

  1. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee:

    The Biden Administration refuses to secure the border and is instead scattering unaccompanied kids all over the country with no regard for the consequences, when we push back and demand answers, they cut off transparency and embolden one of the worst human trafficking crises we’ve seen at our border in the last 20 years.

  2. Willoid Williams:

    I saw people falling, scattering and scrambling.

  3. Vitaly Kim:

    Also, as a result of the scattering of munitions and their fragments, fires occurred in open areas in the city.

  4. Benjamin Horton:

    People started screaming and I could hear the trampling of a large number of people coming down the terminal. By the looks on people's faces and the way that they were scattering it seemed to me that people were trying to get away from a shooter by the body language and the way that some were hiding and others were running.

  5. Chad Gergley:

    On top of a revenue hit that businesses in town are taking, we're taking a people hit with employees scattering.

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