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scat·ter·ing

 (skăt′ər-ĭng)
n.
1. Something scattered, especially a small, irregularly occurring amount or quantity: a scattering of applause.
2. Physics The dispersal of a beam of particles or of radiation into a range of directions as a result of physical interactions.
adj.
Placed irregularly and far apart; scattered.

scat′ter·ing·ly adv.

scattering

(ˈskætərɪŋ)
n
1. a small amount
2. (General Physics) physics the process in which particles, atoms, etc, are deflected as a result of collision

scat•ter•ing

(ˈskæt ər ɪŋ)

adj.
1. distributed or dispersing at irregular intervals.
2. (of votes) cast in small numbers for various candidates.
n.
3. a small, scattered number or quantity.
4. Physics. the process in which a wave or beam of particles is diffused or deflected by collision with particles of the medium that it traverses.
[1300–50]

scat·ter·ing

(skăt′ər-ĭng)
The spreading of a stream of particles or a beam of rays, as of light, over a range of directions as a result of collisions with other particles. Scattering is responsible for the color of the sky. On a clear day, the sky is blue, because blue light from the sun is scattered by the atmosphere's particles to a greater degree than other colors of light. At sunset and sunrise, the sky appears red and yellow, because the light from the sun has passed a longer distance through air and some of the blue light has been scattered away, leaving yellow and red light which are less easily scattered.

Scattering

 a sparse amount or number. See also scantling.
Examples: scattering of affections, 1662; of good and evil, 1662; of learning; of nations, 1545; of pearls, 1908; of rays, 1866; of thoughts.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scattering - a small number (of something) dispersed haphazardly; "the first scatterings of green"; "a sprinkling of grey at his temples"
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
2.scattering - the physical process in which particles are deflected haphazardly as a result of collisions
extinction - the reduction of the intensity of radiation as a consequence of absorption and radiation
natural action, natural process, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
3.scattering - a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearbyscattering - a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby
rain shower, shower - a brief period of precipitation; "the game was interrupted by a brief shower"
4.scattering - spreading widely or driving off
Diaspora - the dispersion of the Jews outside Israel; from the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 587-86 BC when they were exiled to Babylonia up to the present time
dissipation - breaking up and scattering by dispersion; "the dissipation of the mist"
spread, spreading - process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space
5.scattering - the act of scatteringscattering - the act of scattering    
spreading, spread - act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time

scattering

noun sprinkling, few, handful, scatter, smattering, smatter the scattering of houses on the east of the village
Translations
كمِّيَّةٌ مُتناثِرَه
hrstka
slæîingur, reitingur
roztrúsenie

scattering

[ˈskætərɪŋ] N a scattering of booksunos cuantos libros aquí y allá

scattering

n (of people)vereinzeltes Häufchen; (Phys, of light, waves) → Streuung f; a scattering of books/housesvereinzelte Bücher pl/Häuser pl; a thin scattering of snow on the hillsidedünner Schneefall auf dem Hügel

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
References in classic literature ?
No one was in sight, the smooth road sloped invitingly before her, and finding the temptation irresistible, Jo darted away, soon leaving hat and comb behind her and scattering hairpins as she ran.
When we flashed the lantern in their eyes, the hens set up a great cackling and flew about clumsily, scattering down-feathers.
The horses had been secured to some scattering shrubs that grew in the fissures of the rocks, where, standing in the water, they were left to pass the night.
Behold him, scattering airy spheres abroad from the window into the street
I never did see ladies doin' no sich; my old Missis nor Miss Marie never did, and I don't see no kinder need on 't;" and Dinah stalked indignantly about, while Miss Ophelia piled and sorted dishes, emptied dozens of scattering bowls of sugar into one receptacle, sorted napkins, table-cloths, and towels, for washing; washing, wiping, and arranging with her own hands, and with a speed and alacrity which perfectly amazed Dinah.
I wonder that about this time, or say between four and five o'clock in the afternoon, too late for the morning papers and too early for the evening ones, there is not a general explosion heard up and down the street, scattering a legion of antiquated and house-bred notions and whims to the four winds for an airing-and so the evil cure itself.
In just no time, five hundred knights were scrambling into their saddles, and before you could wink a widely scattering drove were under way and clattering down upon me.
But he is not listening to them, he is there for business; he is not minding the cloak-bearers that come fluttering around to confuse him; he chases this way, he chases that way, and hither and yon, scattering the nimble banderillos in every direction like a spray, and receiving their maddening darts in his neck as they dodge and fly - oh, but it's a lively spectacle, and brings down the house
Our way of scattering applause along through an act seems to me to be better than the Mannheim way of saving it all up till the act is ended.
So I fixed that as good as I could from the outside by scattering dust on the place, which covered up the smoothness and the sawdust.
Well, now, you can see, yourself, that when you come to spread a little dab of people like that over these hundreds of billions of miles of American territory here in heaven, it is like scattering a ten-cent box of homoeopathic pills over the Great Sahara and expecting to find them again.
He tottered to his secretary in the corner, repeated that lament again and again in heartbreaking tones, and got out of a drawer a paper, which he slowly tore to bits, scattering the bits absently in his track as he walked up and down the room, still grieving and lamenting.