• WordNet 3.6
    • v smatter speak with spotty or superficial knowledge "She smatters Russian"
    • v smatter to talk foolishly "The two women babbled and crooned at the baby"
    • v smatter work with in an amateurish manner "She dabbles in astronomy","He plays around with investments but he never makes any money"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Smatter Superficial knowledge; a smattering.
    • Smatter To gain a slight taste of; to acquire a slight, superficial knowledge of; to smack.
    • Smatter To have a slight taste, or a slight, superficial knowledge, of anything; to smack.
    • Smatter To talk superficially about.
    • Smatter To talk superficially or ignorantly; to babble; to chatter. "Of state affairs you can not smatter ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • smatter To make a noise. Songs and Carols (ed. Wright), No. lxxii.
    • smatter To talk superficially or ignorantly.
    • smatter To have a slight or superficial knowledge.
    • smatter To talk ignorantly or superficially about; use in conversation or quote in a superficial manner.
    • smatter To get a superficial knowledge of.
    • smatter To taste slightly.
    • n smatter Slight or superficial knowledge; a smattering.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Smatter smat′ėr to talk superficially: to have a superficial knowledge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. smateren, to make a noise; cf. Sw. smattra, to clatter, to crackle, G. schmettern, to dash, crash, to warble, quaver
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. smateren, to rattle, to chatter—Sw. smattra, to clatter; Ger. schnattern.


In literature:

I had, therefore, only a smattering knowledge of the theory of this duty.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
But with a smattering of confusion, wouldn't you say?
"We're Friends, Now" by Henry Hasse
Her only education was the continual smatter which comes from many cities superficially glided.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
I often wish I knew something more than my schoolboy's smattering of Greek, Latin, and French.
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant
They are painters, therefore they are not unlikely to have some smattering of education.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He says that they render smatterers conceited, and confer the superficial glitter of knowledge instead of its substance.
"Books and Authors" by Anonymous
It has been remarked that all Miss Edgeworth's heroes had a smattering of science.
"A Book of Sibyls" by Anne Thackeray (Mrs. Richmond Ritchie)
A smattering of education has made labor dissatisfied.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
He has a worthless smattering of many subjects, but a grasp of none.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Then he marshalled his smattering of Old English.
"A Knyght Ther Was" by Robert F. Young
The boys were soon surrounded by a throng of women and children, with a smattering of very old men.
"The Big Five Motorcycle Boys on the Battle Line" by Ralph Marlow
Then I smatter botany some.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 8" by Various
Up to the beginning of 1906 the subjects in which candidates were examined were purely Chinese and literary with a smattering of history.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
While on board he had picked up a smattering of English.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
We moderns of evolutionary smattering have our own ideas of how cave men dwelt; and we don't want those ideas disturbed.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
It has been my curse in life that I have dabbled at so many things that I can be made of smattering use in almost any circumstance.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
It is a primitive ogival (Spanish) temple of the thirteenth century, with smatterings of Romanesque-Byzantine.
"The Cathedrals of Northern Spain" by Charles Rudy
Perhaps your father would not despise the services of one who has some smattering of knowledge upon many a theme.
"Confessions Of Con Cregan An Irish Gil Blas" by Charles James Lever
The solitary compensating advantage was this, that his stay at Rio had enabled him to pick up a smattering of Portuguese.
"Rulers of India: Lord Clive" by George Bruce Malleson
It is a theme for articles and books, even in the hands of a smattering amateur like myself.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle

In news:

Saturday night might be most important to the smattering of Kansans on Oklahoma's roster.
A smattering of local and brand-name blogs.
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We've already announced a nice smattering of artists slated to play CMJ 2011.
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Although the mayor was greeted with a smattering of applause, he was booed.
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A Smattering of MP3 Players.
Heartaches, Heartthrobs and a Smattering of Song.
Arizona, ranked No 22 in the AP poll last week, still received a smattering of votes on this week's ballots following a 49-0 loss at Oregon.
Los Angeles band Hands played to a smattering of people who either did not know who they were or did not care.
Here, a smattering of the most interesting and perhaps new-to-you pieces from King 's words to the assembly.
The chancellor of the university resigns, and we receive a tiny smattering of letters to the editor.
So a few weeks back, we explored a smattering of supernatural legends from St Cloud State University.

In science:

If so, one should be able to show that, for any processes involving matter and black holes, we must have d(SBH + Smatter )/dt ≥ 0 which goes under the name generalized second law (GSL).
Thermodynamical Aspects of Gravity: New insights
The form of Smatter and Sgrav can be determined as follows.
Thermodynamical Aspects of Gravity: New insights
Regular orbits appear as curves in the surfaces of section, while chaotic orbits appear as a smattering of points.
The Eccentric Kozai Mechanism for a Test Particle
Smatter /δN , δSmatter /δN a and δSmatter /δhab as linear combinations of stressenergy components.
Quantum matter in quantum space-time
Smatter/δg ab = −δHmatter /δg ab to obtain derivatives of the Hamiltonian.3 As the final step in relating these different forms of energy-momentum components, we switch from tµ to the normal.
Quantum matter in quantum space-time
To arrive at expressions for δSmatter [φ, g ]/δg (t, x) in terms of δHmatter [φ, p, g ]/δg (x) thus requires use of the functional chain rule when considering Hmatter [p[φ, g ], φ, g ]; it is immediate to see that its use neatly cancels derivatives of pI [φ, g ] ˙φI , leaving only −δHmatter [p, φ, g ]/δg (x).
Quantum matter in quantum space-time
Stot [g , ψ , A, H ] = Sgravitation [g ] + Smatter [ψ , A, H, g ].
General relativity and experiment
Let Smatter be the entropy of matter in the region Σ′ , and let Ahor be the area of ∂Σ′ .
Adventures in de Sitter space
Then Eq. (5.1) reduces to Smatter ≤ S0 , where Smatter refers to the global entropy on a sufficiently early Cauchy surface (Bousso, 2002).
Adventures in de Sitter space
To summmarize, Eq. (5.1) and the theorem of Gao and Wald (2000) imply the following statement: Consider a spacetime in dS± , and let Smatter be the total matter entropy on a sufficiently early Cauchy surface.
Adventures in de Sitter space
Hence, the total observable entropy, Smatter + (Ahor/4), will not exceed 3S0 . A more detailed analysis (Bousso, 2000) shows that the D-bound, Eq. (4.3), applies to portions of the top cone in some cases, yielding tighter inequalities.
Adventures in de Sitter space
Define the total observable entropy S [C (p, q)] to be Smatter [C (p, q)] plus the horizon entropy Ahor/4 of any quasistatic horizons in the vicinity of the boundary of C (p, q).
Adventures in de Sitter space
Additional smatterings of white dwarfs and subdwarfs are also found in the SCR and other HPM searches.
The Solar Neighborhood XV: Discovery of New High Proper Motion Stars with mu >= 0.4"/yr between Declinations -47 degrees and 00 degrees
Tµν is energy-momentum tensor of matter field derived from Smatter in the action (1).
Origin of matter out of pure curvature
Smatter is the action of the matter fields that are coupled minimally t o the metric gµν .
Fundamental constants and tests of general relativity - Theoretical and cosmological considerations