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’
- 1.1Cover (a surface) with objects thrown or spread randomly over it.
throw, strew, toss, flingView synonyms
- ‘the sandy beaches are scattered with driftwood’
- 1.2be scatteredusually with adverbial Occur or be found at intervals rather than all together.
fleck, stud, dot, cover, sprinkle, stipple, spot, pepperView synonyms
- ‘there are many mills scattered throughout the marshlands’
2no object (of a group of people or animals) separate and move off quickly in different directions.
disperse, break up, disband, separate, go in different directions, move in different directions, go separate waysView synonyms
- ‘the roar made the dogs scatter’
- 2.1with object Cause (a group of people or animals) to move off quickly in different directions.
- ‘he charged across the foyer, scattering people’
Deflect or diffuse (electromagnetic radiation or particles)
- ‘the light is scattered as it strikes particles suspended in the air’
(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’
1A small, dispersed amount of something.
- ‘ a scatter of houses on the north shore’
The degree to which repeated measurements or observations of a quantity differ.
The scattering of light, other electromagnetic radiation, or particles.
Middle English (as a verb): probably a variant of shatter.