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  1. scat·ter
    IPA[ˈskadər]
  2. verb

    • 1. throw in various random directions:

      scatter the coconut over the icing his family are hoping to scatter his ashes at sea
    • 2. cover (a surface) with objects thrown or spread randomly over it:

      the sandy beaches are scattered with driftwood
    • 3. occur or be found at intervals rather than all together:

      there are many mills scattered throughout the marshlands
      Synonym : fleck, stud, dot, cover, sprinkle, stipple, spot, pepper, litter, bestud
    • 4. (of a group of people or animals) separate and move off quickly in different directions:

      the roar made the dogs scatter
      Synonym : disperse, break up, disband, separate, move/go in different directions, go separate ways, dissipate, disintegrate, dissolve, drive, send, put to flight, chase
    • 5. cause (a group of people or animals) to move off quickly in different directions:

      he charged across the foyer, scattering people
    • 6. deflect or diffuse (electromagnetic radiation or particles):

      the light is scattered as it strikes particles suspended in the air
    • 7. (of a pitcher) allow (several hits) at intervals so as to result in little or no scoring:

      Fernandez struck out 14 while scattering three hits over eight scoreless innings

    noun

    • 1. a small, dispersed amount of something:

      a scatter of houses on the north shore
    • 2. the degree to which repeated measurements or observations of a quantity differ.

    • 3. the scattering of light, other electromagnetic radiation, or particles.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: scatter, plural noun: scatters

    • v.: verb: scatter, 3rd person present: scatters, gerund or present participle: scattering, past tense: scattered, past participle: scattered

    • verb

      throw in various random directions:

      cover (a surface) with objects thrown or spread randomly over it:

    • noun

      a small, dispersed amount of something:

      the degree to which repeated measurements or observations of a quantity differ.

    • adjective

      occurring or found at intervals or various locations rather than all together:

      (of a person) distracted or disorganized:

    • adjective

      occurring or found at intervals or various locations rather than all together:

      (of a person) distracted or disorganized:

    • noun

      another term for throw rug
    • noun

      a graph in which the values of two variables are plotted along two axes, the pattern of the resulting points revealing any correlation present.
    • noun

      a graph in which the values of two variables are plotted along two axes, the pattern of the resulting points revealing any correlation present.
    • noun

      a small cushion designed to be placed randomly so as to create a casual effect and to be moved as required.
    • noun

      a small decorative rug designed to be placed with a casual effect and moved as required.
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