Definition of scattering in English:


Pronunciation /ˈskad(ə)riNG/ /ˈskæd(ə)rɪŋ/

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in singular
  • 1An act of scattering something.

    ‘The damage has involved the smashing of glass flower holders and the scattering of flowers and other objects which had been placed on graves.’
    • ‘The book earnestly tracks Elizabeth's life from her family roots to the sad scattering of her possessions after her death.’
    • ‘He is invited to attend the event which will include the dedication of commemorative bench and the scattering of his father's ashes.’
    • ‘In the case of cremation, this may follow quite soon, with the ritual interring or scattering of the products of cremation.’
    • ‘Apart from the aesthetic standpoint, ‘that in this enlightened age should be sufficient deterrent’, this scattering of litter was costing ratepayers quite a lot of money.’
    • ‘I did suggest cremation and then the scattering of his ashes by means of a rocket firework.’
    1. 1.1A small, dispersed amount of something.
      ‘the scattering of freckles across her cheeks and forehead’
      • ‘Today, just a handful of shops and a scattering of houses remain, but its still worth a visit if only to capture the flavour of the island's unique heritage.’
      • ‘Before she could contemplate further, a scattering of small pebbles and concrete dust fell down on her from the pier above.’
      • ‘We had the same straight, long, red hair, piercing green eyes, and scattering of freckles.’
      • ‘The only spot of colour in the room was a street map on the back of the door, embossed with a random scattering of candy-colour headed pins.’
      • ‘They looked like aviaries with their random scattering of what appeared to be perches.’
      • ‘Although we have scatterings of subscribers in rural or small-town areas, our basic readership is mainly urban and somewhat sophisticated.’
      • ‘In some scenes the branches were bare, and beneath them were tidy scatterings of crispy brown leaves.’
      • ‘This forest consisted of large preserves of woodland, open areas of common land and rough moorland with a scattering of farms and villages.’
      • ‘The dish is a plateful of whole smelts, done in a sweet and salty soy-based sauce, topped with a generous scattering of lemon slices and green onion.’
      • ‘Already, in the 1940s, a scattering of articles began to appear in professional journals, providing us with bits and pieces of our history.’
      • ‘As the sign implies, they specialise in military antiques, ex-communist paraphernalia, old photos and a scattering of old tin-type toys.’
      • ‘The archipelago is a scattering of about fifty islands.’
      • ‘Gatsby insisted that at least his lemon curd was good for him - it came with a scattering of oatmeal flakes on top.’
      • ‘Bright light illuminates stainless steel machines and walls are fresh and clean with a scattering of arty posters.’
      • ‘Around her was a scattering of men, women and children in ragged clothes, their meagre belongings next to them.’
      • ‘A scattering of greying heads among the youngsters in the crowd show it's striking a chord with those who were there the first time around.’
      • ‘At the hotel entrance, the former heavyweight champion rolls up in a dusty black cab to a scattering of cheers.’
      • ‘A scattering of applause greeted these few dissenters.’
      • ‘Today, only a scattering of cobblestones and a granary remain from the estate of a former Russian general, the nucleus of which formed the boundary of the camp.’
      • ‘Illustrated with a scattering of the author's own landscape oil paintings, the autobiographical tales display a love of the Great Outdoors.’
      handful, few, one or two, not many, a small number
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    2. 1.2Physics The process in which electromagnetic radiation or particles are deflected or diffused.
      ‘Modern analysis shows that the presence in the atmosphere of dust and large moisture particles causes some scattering of light as it passes through it.’
      • ‘During transmission through tissues, energy is lost due to absorption and scattering, and thus the reflected energy of the echo is invariably lower than the original ultrasound.’
      • ‘His PhD wasn't concerned with the fission of a large nucleus but with the scattering of small nuclei or, to be precise, on how to calculate three-body forces - a very abstract topic.’
      • ‘Atomic, and molecular structure enter centrally in determining the scattering and absorption of radiation.’
      • ‘The amount of scattering depends on the wavelength (hence colour) of the light.’