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scat·ter

 (skăt′ər)
v. scat·tered, scat·ter·ing, scat·ters
v.tr.
1. To cause to separate and go in different directions: a dog scattering a flock of pigeons.
2.
a. To distribute (something) loosely; strew: Books were scattered across the floor.
b. To strew something over (a surface): The field was scattered with rocks.
3. To diffuse or deflect (radiation or particles).
4. Baseball To allow (hits or walks) in small numbers over several innings. Used of a pitcher.
v.intr.
To separate and go in different directions; disperse: The crowd scattered when it started to rain.
n.
1. The act of scattering or the condition of being scattered.
2. Something scattered: "Outside of Paris, in the middle of a large field, was a scatter of brick buildings" (Lorrie Moore).

[Middle English scateren, perhaps from northern dialectal alteration of Old English *sceaterian.]

scat′ter·er n.
Synonyms: scatter, disperse, dissipate, dispel
These verbs mean to cause a mass or aggregate to separate and go in different directions. Scatter refers to loose or haphazard distribution of components: "He had scattered the contents of the table-drawer in his search for a sheet of paper" (Edith Wharton).
Disperse implies the complete breaking up of the mass or aggregate: "only a few industrious Scots perhaps, who indeed are dispersed over the face of the whole earth" (George Chapman).
Dissipate suggests a reduction to nothing: "The main of life is ... composed ... of meteorous pleasures which dance before us and are dissipated" (Samuel Johnson).
Dispel suggests driving away or off by or as if by scattering: "But he ... with high words ... gently raised / Their fainting courage, and dispelled their fears" (John Milton).

scatter

(ˈskætə)
vb
1. (tr) to throw about in various directions; strew
2. to separate and move or cause to separate and move in various directions; disperse
3. (General Physics) to deviate or cause to deviate in many directions, as in the diffuse reflection or refraction of light
n
4. the act of scattering
5. a substance or a number of objects scattered about
[C13: probably a variant of shatter]
ˈscatterable adj
ˈscatterer n

scat•ter

(ˈskæt ər)

v.t.
1. to throw loosely about: to scatter seeds.
2. to cause to disperse: to scatter a crowd.
3. Physics. to diffuse or deflect (a wave or beam of radiation) by collision with particles of the medium it traverses.
v.i.
4. to separate and disperse.
n.
5. the act of scattering.
6. something that is scattered.
[1125–75; Middle English scateren; compare Middle Dutch, Dutch schateren to burst out laughing]
scat′ter•a•ble, adj.
scat`ter•a′tion, n.
scat′ter•er, n.
syn: scatter, dispel, disperse, dissipate imply separating and driving something away so that its original form disappears. To scatter is to separate something tangible into parts at random and drive these in different directions: The wind scattered leaves all over the lawn. To dispel is to drive away or scatter usu. intangible things so that they vanish: Your explanation has dispelled my doubts. To disperse is usu. to cause a compact or organized tangible body to separate or scatter in different directions, to be reassembled if desired: Tear gas dispersed the mob. To dissipate is usu. to scatter by dissolving or reducing to small atoms or parts that cannot be reunited: He dissipated his money and his energy in useless activities.

Scatter

 a scattering; a small amount or number. See also sprinkling.
Examples: scatter of diamonds and pearls, 1888; of granite, 1859.

scatter


Past participle: scattered
Gerund: scattering

Imperative
scatter
scatter
Present
I scatter
you scatter
he/she/it scatters
we scatter
you scatter
they scatter
Preterite
I scattered
you scattered
he/she/it scattered
we scattered
you scattered
they scattered
Present Continuous
I am scattering
you are scattering
he/she/it is scattering
we are scattering
you are scattering
they are scattering
Present Perfect
I have scattered
you have scattered
he/she/it has scattered
we have scattered
you have scattered
they have scattered
Past Continuous
I was scattering
you were scattering
he/she/it was scattering
we were scattering
you were scattering
they were scattering
Past Perfect
I had scattered
you had scattered
he/she/it had scattered
we had scattered
you had scattered
they had scattered
Future
I will scatter
you will scatter
he/she/it will scatter
we will scatter
you will scatter
they will scatter
Future Perfect
I will have scattered
you will have scattered
he/she/it will have scattered
we will have scattered
you will have scattered
they will have scattered
Future Continuous
I will be scattering
you will be scattering
he/she/it will be scattering
we will be scattering
you will be scattering
they will be scattering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been scattering
you have been scattering
he/she/it has been scattering
we have been scattering
you have been scattering
they have been scattering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been scattering
you will have been scattering
he/she/it will have been scattering
we will have been scattering
you will have been scattering
they will have been scattering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been scattering
you had been scattering
he/she/it had been scattering
we had been scattering
you had been scattering
they had been scattering
Conditional
I would scatter
you would scatter
he/she/it would scatter
we would scatter
you would scatter
they would scatter
Past Conditional
I would have scattered
you would have scattered
he/she/it would have scattered
we would have scattered
you would have scattered
they would have scattered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scatter - a haphazard distribution in all directionsscatter - a haphazard distribution in all directions
dispersion, distribution - the spatial or geographic property of being scattered about over a range, area, or volume; "worldwide in distribution"; "the distribution of nerve fibers"; "in complementary distribution"
diffuseness - the spatial property of being spread out over a wide area or through a large volume
2.scatter - the act of scatteringscatter - the act of scattering    
spreading, spread - act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time
Verb1.scatter - to cause to separate and go in different directions; "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"
disband - cause to break up or cease to function; "the principal disbanded the political student organization"
divide, separate - make a division or separation
2.scatter - move away from each other; "The crowds dispersed"; "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";
aerosolise, aerosolize - become dispersed as an aerosol; "the bacteria quickly aerosolised"
break - scatter or part; "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"
volley - be dispersed in a volley; "gun shots volleyed at the attackers"
part, split, separate - go one's own way; move apart; "The friends separated after the party"
3.scatter - distribute loosely; "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"
spray - scatter in a mass or jet of droplets; "spray water on someone"; "spray paint on the wall"
spray - be discharged in sprays of liquid; "Water sprayed all over the floor"
spatter, splatter, plash, swash, splash, splosh - dash a liquid upon or against; "The mother splashed the baby's face with water"
splash, sprinkle, splosh - cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force; "She splashed the water around her"
discharge - pour forth or release; "discharge liquids"
bespangle - dot or sprinkle with sparkling or glittering objects
aerosolize, aerosolise - disperse as an aerosol; "The bacteria suspension was aerosolized"
4.scatter - sow by scatteringscatter - sow by scattering; "scatter seeds"  
sow, seed - place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth; "She sowed sunflower seeds"
5.scatter - cause to separate; "break up kidney stones"; "disperse particles"
change integrity - change in physical make-up
backscatter - scatter (radiation) by the atoms of the medium through which it passes
6.scatter - strew or distribute over an areascatter - strew or distribute over an area; "He spread fertilizer over the lawn"; "scatter cards across the table"
pass around, circulate, distribute, pass on - cause be distributed; "This letter is being circulated among the faculty"
manure, muck - spread manure, as for fertilization
birdlime, lime - spread birdlime on branches to catch birds
circumfuse - spread something around something
distribute - spread throughout a given area; "the function distributes the values evenly"

scatter

verb
1. throw about, spread, sprinkle, strew, broadcast, shower, fling, litter, sow, diffuse, disseminate He began by scattering seed and putting in plants.
throw about collect, gather
2. disperse, separate, break up, dispel, disband, dissipate, go their separate ways, disunite, go in different directions, put to flight After dinner, everyone scattered.
disperse assemble, converge, congregate, unite, rally, gather
3. dot, spot, sprinkle, pepper, litter, fleck, stipple bays picturesquely scattered with rocky islets

scatter

verb
1. To cause to separate and go in various directions:
2. To disappear by or as if by rising:
3. To extend over a wide area:
Translations
يَنتَشِريَنْثُر
rozházetrozptýlit
sprede
sirottaa
szétoszlik
dreifast; tvístrasttvístra; dreifa
撒く播く散らかす散らす散らばる
išbirtiišblaškyti į visas pusesišsibarstęsišsiblaškėlispabiras
izkliedētizklīstizmētātizsvaidīt
razbežati seraztresti
sprida
rastgele dağıtmak/dağılmaksaçmak

scatter

[ˈskætəʳ]
A. VT
1. (= strew around) [+ crumbs, papers etc] → esparcir, desparramar; [+ seeds] → sembrar a voleo, esparcir
the flowers were scattered about on the floorlas flores estaban desparramadas por el suelo
the floor was scattered with flowersen el suelo había flores desparramadas
2. (= disperse) [+ clouds] → dispersar; [+ crowd] → dispersar
her relatives are scattered about the worldsus familiares se encuentran dispersos por el mundo
B. VI [crowd] → dispersarse
the family scattered to distant partsla familia se dispersó por lugares alejados
C. N (Math, Tech) → dispersión f
a scatter of housesunas casas dispersas
a scatter of raindropsunas gotas dispersas de lluvia
D. CPD scatter cushions NPLalmohadones mpl

scatter

[ˈskætər]
vt
[+ petals, confetti] → éparpiller, répandre
(= disperse) [+ crowd] → disperser
vise disperser

scatter

vt
(= distribute at random)verstreuen; seeds, gravelstreuen (→ on, onto auf +acc); (Phys) lightstreuen (→ on, onto auf +acc); moneyverschleudern; (= not group together)(unregelmäßig) verteilen; votesverteilen (→ between auf +acc); to scatter something around or aboutetw überall umherstreuen or verstreuen; to scatter something with somethingetw mit etw bestreuen; she knocked the table over, scattering papers all over the roomsie stieß den Tisch um, und die Papiere flogen durch das ganze Zimmer
(= disperse)auseinandertreiben; demonstrators, crowd alsozerstreuen ? also scattered
visich zerstreuen (→ to in +acc); (in a hurry, in fear) → auseinanderlaufen

scatter

:
scatterbrain
n (inf)Schussel m (inf)
scatterbrained
adj (inf)schuss(e)lig (inf), → zerfahren, flatterhaft
scatter cushion
n(Sofa)kissen nt

scatter

[ˈskætəʳ]
1. vt
a. (gen) → spargere; (papers) → sparpagliare
b. (disperse, crowd, clouds) → disperdere; (enemy) → mettere in fuga
her relatives are scattered about the world → la sua famiglia è sparsa per il mondo
2. vi (crowd) → disperdersi

scatter

(ˈskӕtə) verb
1. to (make) go or rush in different directions. The sudden noise scattered the birds; The crowds scattered when the bomb exploded.
2. to throw loosely in different directions. The load from the overturned lorry was scattered over the road.
ˈscattered adjective
occasional; not close together. Scattered showers are forecast for this morning; The few houses in the valley are very scattered.
ˈscattering noun
a small amount scattered here and there. a scattering of sugar.
ˈscatterbrain noun
a forgetful or unreliable person.
ˈscatterbrained adjective

scat·ter

v. esparcir, diseminar; dispersar, desparramar.
References in classic literature ?
Guess I'll have to tell that cook to scatter his hits.
Let peace, descending from her native heaven, bid her olives spring amidst the joyful nations; and plenty, in league with commerce, scatter blessings from her copious hand.
With his quick professional eye he took note of the two faces watching him from the arched window, and, opening his instrument, began to scatter its melodies abroad.
Here, on the cushion, lay a folio tome, probably of the Chronicles of England, or other such substantial literature; even as, in our own days, we scatter gilded volumes on the centre table, to be turned over by the casual guest.
Whatever pale fears and forebodings some of them might have felt before; these were not only now kept out of sight through the growing awe of Ahab, but they were broken up, and on all sides routed, as timid prairie hares that scatter before the bounding bison.
Those out-of-work wretches would stand about the packing houses every morning till the police drove them away, and then they would scatter among the saloons.
Every morning they go clattering down into the plain, and there she sits on my back with her bugle at her mouth and sounds the orders and puts them through the evolutions for an hour or more; and it is too beautiful for anything to see those ponies dissolve from one formation into another, and waltz about, and break, and scatter, and form again, always moving, always graceful, now trotting, now galloping, and so on, sometimes near by, sometimes in the distance, all just like a state ball, you know, and sometimes she can't hold herself any longer, but sounds the 'charge,' and turns me loose
You can't back a raft upstream, you can't hurry it downstream, you can't scatter out to one side when you haven't any room to speak of, you won't take to the perpendicular cliffs on the other shore when they appear to be blasting there, too.
There could have been no such Revolution, if all laws, forms, and ceremonies, had not first been so monstrously abused, that the suicidal vengeance of the Revolution was to scatter them all to the winds.
When it came, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery.
At those times, I would decide conclusively that my disaffection to dear old Joe and the forge, was gone, and that I was growing up in a fair way to be partners with Joe and to keep company with Biddy - when all in a moment some confounding remembrance of the Havisham days would fall upon me, like a destructive missile, and scatter my wits again.
But Dingaan and Umhlangana were of another wood, and from them might be fashioned a kerrie that should scatter the brains of Chaka to the birds.