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Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , scateren , (also skateren , see schateren ), from shatter Old English , probably from a dialect of *sceaterian . Possibly related to Old Norse Proto-Indo-European *skēi-t- ( “ cut, split apart, shattered ” ), passive participle of *skey- ( “ to cut, split, shatter ” ). Compare Middle Dutch scheteren ( “ to scatter ” ), Low German , Dutch schateren schateren ( “ to burst out laughing ” ); and is apparently remotely akin to Ancient Greek σκεδάννυμι ( skedánnumi, “ scatter, disperse ” ).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
scatter ( third-person singular simple present , scatters present participle , scattering simple past and past participle )
( ergative ) To (cause to) separate and go in different directions; to disperse.
The crowd scattered in terror. Shakespeare
Scatter and disperse the giddy Goths.
( transitive ) To distribute loosely as by sprinkling.
Her ashes were scattered at the top of a waterfall. Dryden
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.
( transitive ) To frustrate, disappoint, and overthrow.
to scatter hopes or plans ( transitive ) To be dispersed upon.
Desiccated stalks scattered the fields. 2016, J. D. Vance, , page 21: Hillbilly Elegy [… ] its beauty is obscured by the environmental waste and loose trash that scatter the countryside.
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scatter ( , countable and uncountable plural )
The act of scattering or dispersing.
A collection of dispersed objects.
2006, Theano S. Terkenli, Anne-Marie d'Hauteserre, Landscapes of a New Cultural Economy of Space, Springer Science & Business Media →ISBN, page 84
The Los Angeles Basin evolved as a mobility surface principally through the combination of an initial system of electric railways connecting a scatter of agricultural settlement settlements. 2015, Ian Shennan, Antony J. Long, Benjamin P. Horton, Handbook of Sea-Level Research, John Wiley & Sons →ISBN, page 19
The plot of all our sea-level index points shows a scatter of data points that do not overlap [… ]
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