Scatter

  • 1 scatter — 1 Scatter, disperse, dissipate, dispel can mean to cause a group, mass, or assemblage to separate or break up. Scatter may imply the use or operation of force which drives the persons or things in different directions {the hurricane scattered the …

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  • 2 Scatter — Scat ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scattered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scattering}.] [OE. scateren. See {Shatter}.] 1. To strew about; to sprinkle around; to throw down loosely; to deposit or place here and there, esp. in an open or sparse order. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 scatter — ● scatter nom masculin (anglais to scatter, disperser) Dispersion relative des résultats partiels obtenus par un sujet à une batterie de tests. scatter [skatɛʀ] n. m. ÉTYM. 1968; mot angl., de to scatter « éparpiller, disperser ». ❖ ♦ Anglic.… …

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  • 4 scatter — scat‧ter [ˈskætə ǁ ər] noun [uncountable] MARKETING used to talk about advertising that is spread over a wide range of television or radio programmes according to what is available, rather than done by selecting particular programmes to sponsor:… …

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  • 5 scatter — [skat′ər] vt. [ME skateren, ult. < IE * sked , to split, disperse < base * sek , to cut > L secare] 1. a) to throw here and there or strew loosely; sprinkle b) to sprinkle over (with) something 2. to separate and drive in many… …

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  • 6 Scatter — Scat ter, v. i. To be dispersed or dissipated; to disperse or separate; as, clouds scatter after a storm. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 scatter — index break (fracture), deploy, diffuse, disband, disburse (distribute), dislocate, disorganize …

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  • 8 scatter — (v.) mid 12c., possibly a northern English variant of M.E. schateren (see SHATTER (Cf. shatter)), reflecting Norse influence. Related: Scattered; scattering. Scattershot (adj.) is attested from 1961; figurative use of term for a kind of gun… …

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  • 9 scatter — [v] strew, disperse besprinkle, broadcast, cast, derange, diffuse, disband, discard, disject, dispel, disseminate, dissipate, distribute, disunite, diverge, divide, expend, fling, intersperse, litter, migrate, part, pour, put to flight*, run away …

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  • 10 scatter — ► VERB 1) throw in various random directions. 2) separate and move off in different directions. 3) (be scattered) occur or be found at various places rather than all together. 4) Physics deflect or diffuse (electromagnetic radiation or particles) …

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  • 11 Scatter — In ordinary English, to scatter is to distribute randomly. Scatter also has the following meanings: *In physics, scattering is the study of collisions, especially of waves and particles (synonymous in quantum mechanics). In elastic scattering the …

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  • 12 scatter — scatterable, adj. scatterer, n. scatteringly, adv. /skat euhr/, v.t. 1. to throw loosely about; distribute at irregular intervals: to scatter seeds. 2. to separate and drive off in various directions; disperse: to scatter a crowd. 3. Physics. a.… …

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  • 13 scatter — scat•ter [[t]ˈskæt ər[/t]] v. t. 1) to throw loosely about: to scatter seeds[/ex] 2) to cause to disperse: to scatter a crowd[/ex] 3) phs to diffuse or deflect (a wave or beam of radiation) by collision with particles of the medium it traverses… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 scatter — scat|ter [ˈskætə US ər] v [I and T] [Date: 1100 1200; Origin: Perhaps from shatter] 1.) if someone scatters a lot of things, or if they scatter, they are thrown or dropped over a wide area in an irregular way scatter (sth) over/around/across etc… …

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  • 15 scatter — [[t]skæ̱tə(r)[/t]] scatters, scattering, scattered 1) VERB If you scatter things over an area, you throw or drop them so that they spread all over the area. [V n prep/adv] She tore the rose apart and scattered the petals over the grave... [V n… …

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  • 16 scatter — verb 1) the papers were scattered by the sudden breeze scatter the seeds as evenly as possible Syn: throw, strew, toss, fling; sprinkle, spread, distribute, sow, broadcast, disseminate; literary bestrew Ant: gather …

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  • 17 scatter */*/ — UK [ˈskætə(r)] / US [ˈskætər] verb Word forms scatter : present tense I/you/we/they scatter he/she/it scatters present participle scattering past tense scattered past participle scattered 1) [transitive] to throw or drop things so that they… …

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  • 18 scatter — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. strew, disperse, disseminate, dispel, dissipate. See dispersion. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To become separated] Syn. run apart, run away, go one s own way, diverge, disperse, disband, migrate, spread …

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  • 19 scatter — I. verb Etymology: Middle English scateren, schateren to disperse, break up, destroy; akin to Middle Dutch schaderen to scatter Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to cause to separate widely b. to cause to vanish 2. archaic to fling away… …

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  • 20 scatter — scat|ter [ skætər ] verb ** 1. ) transitive to throw or drop things so that they spread over an area: I scattered some grain on the floor of the hen house. scatter something on/over/around etc.: The children had scattered toys all over the floor …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English