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Noun: scattering  ska-tu-ring
  1. A small number (of something) dispersed haphazardly
    "the first scatterings of green";
    - sprinkling
  2. The physical process in which particles are deflected haphazardly as a result of collisions
  3. A light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby
    - sprinkle, sprinkling
  4. Spreading widely or driving off
    - dispersion
  5. The act of scattering
    - scatter, strewing
Verb: scatter  ska-tu(r)
  1. Cause to separate and go in different directions
    "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds";
    - disperse, dissipate, dispel, break up
  2. Move away from each other
    "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";
    - disperse, dissipate, spread out
  3. Distribute loosely
    "He scattered gun powder under the wagon";
    - sprinkle, dot, dust, disperse
  4. Sow by scattering
    "scatter seeds"
  5. Make a single entity or group split or become diffuse
    "scatter kidney stones";
    - break up, disperse
  6. Strew or distribute over an area
    "scatter cards across the table";
    - spread, spread out

Derived forms: scatterings

Type of: action, activity, change integrity, circulate, discharge, distribute, divide, natural action, natural process, part, pass around, pass on, rain shower, seed, separate, shower, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity, sow, split, spread, spreading

Part of: extinction

Encyclopedia: Scattering