smatter

Definitions

  • 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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Etymology

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.

Usage

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
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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.
The chant started late in the first quarter from a smattering of fans at the Palace on Monday.
We've already announced a nice smattering of artists slated to play CMJ 2011.
Weezer have announced a smattering of North American dates that will keep them on the road as late as Nov 10-11 in Orlando, Fla.
Although the mayor was greeted with a smattering of applause, he was booed.
Dave Matthews Band's New York Concerts Result in a ' Smattering of Misdemeanors.
Smattering of Milwaukee County judges signed Walker recall petition.
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.
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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
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