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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 ?
The four shots came in rather a scattering volley, but they did the business: one of the enemy actually fell, and the rest, without hesitation, turned and plunged into the trees.
The children got to know his figure, and the sparrows expected their daily scattering of bread- crumbs.
More in whim than in hope of result, grinning to himself as he did so, Sheldon raised his automatic pistol and in two seconds sent eight shots scattering through the trees in the direction in which Tudor had disappeared.
For instance, to scatter seed is called sowing: but the action of the sun in scattering his rays is nameless.
In Tuscany the spring was scattering flowers through the land, and Philip was nineteen; let him come and they could wander through the mountain towns of Umbria.
When we flashed the lantern in their eyes, the hens set up a great cackling and flew about clumsily, scattering down-feathers.
My leisure then, and my old age, would have been devoted, in company with the Empress and during the royal apprenticeship of my son, to leisurely visiting, with our own horses and like a true country couple, every corner of the Empire, receiving complaints, redressing wrongs, and scattering public buildings and benefactions on all sides and everywhere.
It's like scattering grain to the ducks, the way they pick it up
In this manner many minutes flew by with the swiftness of thought; the rifles of the assailants speaking, at times, in rattling volleys, and at others in occasional, scattering shots.
Why, they're made in a good many small pieces," explained the kangaroo; "and whenever any stranger comes near them they have a habit of falling apart and scattering themselves around.
It was like the opening of a crater, like the scattering of an immense conflagration.
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