• WordNet 3.6
    • v scatter cause to separate "break up kidney stones","disperse particles"
    • v scatter distribute loosely "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"
    • v scatter sow by scattering "scatter seeds"
    • v scatter move away from each other; "The crowds dispersed","The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached"
    • v scatter to cause to separate and go in different directions "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"
    • v scatter strew or distribute over an area "He spread fertilizer over the lawn","scatter cards across the table"
    • n scatter the act of scattering
    • n scatter a haphazard distribution in all directions
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A rural landscape, with a few houses and farms scattered around A rural landscape, with a few houses and farms scattered around

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Even though a polar bears fur looks white it is actually colourless and is made with hollow tubes. The reason the bear looks white is because the rough inner surface of the tubes make light scatter and reflect at many different angles which gives the white appearance
    • Scatter Hence, to frustrate, disappoint, and overthrow; as, to scatter hopes, plans, or the like.
    • v. i Scatter To be dispersed or dissipated; to disperse or separate; as, clouds scatter after a storm.
    • Scatter To cause to separate in different directions; to reduce from a close or compact to a loose or broken order; to dissipate; to disperse. "Scatter and disperse the giddy Goths."
    • Scatter To strew about; to sprinkle around; to throw down loosely; to deposit or place here and there, esp. in an open or sparse order. "And some are scattered all the floor about.""Why should my muse enlarge on Libyan swains,
      Their scattered cottages, and ample plains?"
      "Teach the glad hours to scatter , as they fly,
      Soft quiet, gentle love, and endless joy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An adult lion's roar can be heard up to five miles away, and warns off intruders or reunites scattered members of the pride.
    • scatter To throw loosely about; strew; sprinkle.
    • scatter To besprinkle or strew as with something thrown here and there.
    • scatter To separate and drive off in disorder and in all directions; rout; put to disorderly retreat or flight; disperse; dissipate: as, to scatter an enemy's forces; to scatter a mob.
    • scatter Hence To throw into confusion; overthrow; dispel; put to flight: as, to scatter hopes, fears, plans, etc.
    • scatter To let fall as by accident or at random; drop.
    • scatter Synonyms To diffuse, spread, distribute.
    • scatter Disperse, Dispel, etc. See dissipate.
    • scatter To separate and disperse; proceed in different directions; hence, to go hither and thither at random.
    • scatter Specifically, to throw shot too loosely or without concentration of the charge: said of a gun.
    • scatter In optics, to reflect diffusely or irregularly, as from a rough surface.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Robert Peary, who left pieces of the flag scattered at the North Pole was honored for doing this.
    • v.t Scatter skat′ėr to disperse in all directions: to throw loosely about: to strew: to sprinkle: to dispel: to put to flight: to drop: to throw shot too loosely
    • v.i Scatter to be dispersed or dissipated
    • adj Scatter dispersing: rare, sporadic: diversified
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  • Irish Proverb
    Irish Proverb
    “The person who doesn't scatter the morning dew will not comb gray hairs”
  • Vernon Howard
    “By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity.”
  • Kotomichi
    “My heart that was rapt away by the wild cherry blossoms -- will it return to my body when they scatter?”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.”
  • Lao-Tzu
    “He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “One joy scatters a hundred grieves.”


Scattered to the four winds - If something's scattered to the four winds, it goes out in all directions.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. scateren,. See Shatter


In literature:

They are termed "diffuse porous" woods because of the numerous scattered pores they contain.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
At the foot, and on the sides of the hill, are scattered ruins which were formerly the walls of habitations.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
The guards were scattered.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
The scattering trees that had been left in the vicinity of the clearings furnished the seed.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
It was Ottinger's deal, but he did not pick up the scattered cards.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
The houses were very scattered; in the whole way they passed but few.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
One blast, "Attention"; "Assemble" (if scattered).
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
A scattering of herdsmen, like the Bedouin.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Great clumps of oaks were scattered around, giving to the institution its name.
"Dave Porter in the Far North" by Edward Stratemeyer
With shouts of warning and shrieks of fear the tribe scattered in every direction.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Then what a scattering!
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
Little bits of butter should be scattered over it, before it is sent to the oven.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
In either case it was not unlikely that a certain amount of grain should be found scattered over the floor of such cars.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
The Indians, whose wigwams were scattered here and there through the forest, fled in terror before him.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
The sporangia densely crowded, becoming scattered toward the margin of the cluster.
"The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio" by A. P. Morgan
Others strengthened Stanley's scattered skirmish line.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
Dots scattered, small, white.
"The Apple" by Various
Then Medea seized her young brother, cut his body into pieces and scattered them on the sea.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The Heinkels scattered before his fire, twisting and ducking and darting.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery
Ultimately they stopped their active search for, and annihilation of, the widely scattered groups of now savage Americans.
"Armageddon--2419 A.D." by Philip Francis Nowlan

In poetry:

Dear comrades, scattered wide and far,
Send from their homes their kindly word,
And dearer ones, unseen, unheard,
Smile on us from some heavenly star.
"The Reunion" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I have allowed my family to scatter,
All those who were my dearest to depart,
And once again an age-long loneliness
Comes in to fill all nature and my heart.
"Autumn" by Boris Pasternak
He spoke the word, and the spell was scattered,
The enchantment broken through!
The lady woke. "Dear Prince," she murmured,
"How long I have waited for you!"
"The Sleeping Princess" by Clara Doty Bates
It was scattered and stunted, and told me
That soon even that would be gone:
It whispered, "The grim walls enfold me,
I have bloomed in my last summer's sun."
"Loud without the wind was roaring" by Emily Jane Bronte
Spring hath not scattered yet her flowers,
But lingers still in southern bowers;
No gardener's art hath cherished thee,
For wild and lone thou springest free.
"To A Wild Violet, In March" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Though scattered ere the setting sun,
As leaves when wild winds blow,
Our home is here, our hearts are one,
Till Charles forgets to flow.
Then old and young, etc.
"The Parting Song" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Stem and Leaf Plots, Box and Whisker Plots & Scatter Plots.
Couples scatter around Roanoke for the annual Diamond Dash.
Seven-year-old Scatter Creek Winery has expanded into an 1,800-square-foot location in downtown Tenino at 291 Sussex Ave W.
Super Polished Mirror Substrates Provide Ultra-Low Surface Scatter .
I have just spent a very frustrating couple of hours trying to add text labels to a xy scatter chart.
'Plan B' would scatter Syracuse pupils to three schools.
Gary Coleman's Ex-Wife to Scatter His Ashes "Around Train Tracks".
Oregon's soldiers begin to scatter (Editorial).
Scatter Rug Makers Focus on Product.
Great Indoors to expand scatter rug offering.
There's a scattering of crows squawking, and song birds add to the canopy din, but Maxwell is mostly quiet.
Orange moon caused by ' scattering of light' in the atmosphere.
Scattering someone's ashes at Disneyland is strictly prohibited.
It helps the kids to keep their toys and games in place and prevent them from scattering it.
When a file is deleted, its parts can be scattered.

In science:

An exact determination of the size of the pseudospin symmetry violating part of the nucleonnucleus scattering amplitude from scattering observables is presented.
Violation of pseudospin symmetry in nucleon-nucleus scattering: exact relations
Each passed particle which is injected at each first scattering point Xinj makes the density of scattering point nN (x − Xinj ).
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves
This is because the internal scatter is significantly smaller than the external scatter, which has contributions from systematic effects resulting from the different fitting techniques, etc.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
We discuss the scattering image at infinity that is created by single-scattering at (a finite collection of ) the point-scatterers described by the following random measures.
Universal bounds on the selfaveraging of random diffraction measures
The first term describes the scattering image of a system where the scattering amplitudes have been replaced by their means and the second term a homogenous diffuse background.
Universal bounds on the selfaveraging of random diffraction measures
If the column density is increased, scattered light first appears in the far-UV, because extinction, hence the number of photons available for scattering, increases towards the shortest wavelengths.
The incompatibilities between the standard theory of interstellar extinction and observations
In order to get their contributions also from Eq. (14) we consider multiple scattering at the graph with scattering tra jectories reinjected an arbitrary number of times.
Statistical properties of resonance widths for open Quantum Graphs
As a result, a scattering formalism can be developed, and an exact expression for the scattering matrix can be found.
Statistical properties of resonance widths for open Quantum Graphs
Scattering is included in the model by randomising the electron direction using a Monte-Carlo method with appropriate probability distributions for the scattering angle and scattering time.
Anisotropic magnetoresistance in a 2DEG in a quasi-random magnetic field
We examined the Geant4 simulation program in detail and found that even for the forward scattering case, in which energy transfer is negligible and a scattered photon is expected to remain ∼ 100% linearly polarized, the polarization vector after the scattering changed to some degree (Figure A1).
Beam Test of a Prototype Detector Array for the PoGO Astronomical Hard X-Ray/Soft Gamma-Ray Polarimeter
The most fundamental ob ject which characterizes the process of quantum scattering is the scattering matrix S , where S relates the amplitudes of waves that enter and leave a scattering region.
Resonance width distribution for high-dimensional random media
The efficiency of this scattering process and pro files of both the direct and the Raman-scattered O  lines together with polarimetric measurements provide information on the scattering geometry in symbiotic systems (Schmid 1998).
Structure of the hot object in the symbiotic prototype Z And during its 2000-03 active phase
As a result, when there is a scattering off a link, the scattering is substituted by all the single link scatterings.
Diffusion Processes on Small-World Networks with Distance-Dependent Random-Links
Scattering of light by a random stack of dielectric layers represents a one-dimensional scattering problem, where the scattered field is a three-dimensional vector field.
Light Scattering on Random Dielectric Layers
This version includes three parameters (two that can be fitted), the power-law photon index (Γ), the scattered fraction (fSC ), and a switch to set up-scattering only (simpl-1: switch > 0) and double-sided scattering (simpl2: switch ≤ 0).
A Simple Comptonization Model