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From Middle English scateren, skateren, (also schateren, see shatter), from Old English sceaterian, probably from a dialect of Old Norse. Compare Middle Dutch scheteren (“to scatter”), Low German schateren, Dutch schateren (“to burst out laughing”).
- (ergative) To (cause to) separate and go in different directions; to disperse.
- the police scattered the crowds
- the crowd scattered
- Scatter and disperse the giddy Goths.
- (transitive) To distribute loosely as by sprinkling.
- Her ashes were scattered at the top of a waterfall.
- Why should my muse enlarge on Libyan swains, / Their scattered cottages, and ample plains?
- (transitive, physics) To deflect (radiation or particles).
- (intransitive) To occur or fall at widely spaced intervals.
- To frustrate, disappoint, and overthrow.
- to scatter hopes or plans
to cause to separate
to distribute loosely
physics: to deflect
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