or back·scat·ter·ing

[ bak-skat-er or bak-skat-er-ing ]
/ ˈbækˌskæt ər or ˈbækˌskæt ər ɪŋ /

noun Physics.

the deflection of nuclear particles or of radiation in a scattering process through an angle greater than 90°.

Nearby words

  1. backroom,
  2. backrub,
  3. backrush,
  4. backs,
  5. backsaw,
  6. backscratcher,
  7. backseat,
  8. backseat driver,
  9. backset,
  10. backsheesh

Origin of backscatter

First recorded in 1955–60; back2 + scatter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for backscatter


[ băkskăt′ər ]

The deflection of radiation or particles by electromagnetic or nuclear forces through angles greater than 90° to the initial direction of travel.
The radiation or particles so deflected.
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