broadcast. See sprinkle
. 2. Scatter, dispel, disperse, dissipate
imply separating and driving something away so that its original form disappears. To scatter
is to separate something tangible into parts at random, and drive these in different directions: The wind scattered leaves all over the lawn. To dispel
is to drive away or scatter usually intangible things so that they vanish or cease to exist: Photographs of the race dispelled all doubts as to which horse won.
is usually to cause a compact or organized tangible body to separate or scatter in different directions, to be reassembled if desired: Tear gas dispersed the mob. To dissipate
is usually to scatter by dissolving or reducing to small atoms or parts that cannot be brought together again: He dissipated his money and his energy in useless activities.