Definition of scatter in English:

scatter

Pronunciation /ˈskadər/ /ˈskædər/

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Throw in various random directions.

    ‘ scatter the coconut over the icing’
    • ‘his family are hoping to scatter his ashes at sea’
    1. 1.1Cover (a surface) with objects thrown or spread randomly over it.
      • ‘the sandy beaches are scattered with driftwood’
      throw, strew, toss, fling
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    2. 1.2be scatteredusually with adverbial Occur or be found at intervals rather than all together.
      • ‘there are many mills scattered throughout the marshlands’
      fleck, stud, dot, cover, sprinkle, stipple, spot, pepper
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  • 2no object (of a group of people or animals) separate and move off quickly in different directions.

    • ‘the roar made the dogs scatter’
    disperse, break up, disband, separate, go in different directions, move in different directions, go separate ways
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    1. 2.1with object Cause (a group of people or animals) to move off quickly in different directions.
      • ‘he charged across the foyer, scattering people’
  • 3Physics
    Deflect or diffuse (electromagnetic radiation or particles)

    • ‘the light is scattered as it strikes particles suspended in the air’
  • 4Baseball
    (of a pitcher) allow (several hits) at intervals so as to result in little or no scoring.

    • ‘Fernandez struck out 14 while scattering three hits over eight scoreless innings’

noun

  • 1A small, dispersed amount of something.

    • ‘ a scatter of houses on the north shore’
  • 2Statistics
    The degree to which repeated measurements or observations of a quantity differ.

  • 3Physics
    The scattering of light, other electromagnetic radiation, or particles.

Origin

Middle English (as a verb): probably a variant of shatter.