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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.
Placed irregularly and far apart; scattered.

scat′ter·ing·ly adv.
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in a scattering manner
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[...] And as these Animaduersions (being promiscuously deliuered, without any punctuall order) do in part resemble a great plot of ground (not deuided into any certaine beds or quarters) wherein confusedly and scatteringly grow many flowers of different kinds &odours: So here you shall find sparsedly Obseruations of so many points in number, and of such different Natures, as that I hold it more conuenient to refer the Reader immediately to the perusing of them, then to particularize but any few heads.