verb (used with object)
- to refract or diffract (light or other electromagnetic radiation) irregularly so as to diffuse in many directions.
- (of a medium) to diffuse or deflect (light or other wave phenomena) by collisions between the wave and particles of the medium.
verb (used without object)
- scatter diagram,
- scatter pin,
- scatter rug,
- scatter shot,
Origin of scatter
Examples from the Web for scatter
Scatter half the rub over the surface of the meat and then use your fingers to distribute the rub evenly.
Scatter the fennel and the whole cloves of garlic around the chicken.Roast Chicken, Eggplant Pancakes, Cranberry-Walnut Tart|The Daily Beast|December 23, 2008|DAILY BEAST
Scatter like decoys, fortune hunters and outcasts that have placed yourselves between noble and commoner!Lucky Pehr|August Strindberg
Scatter tiny lumps of butter all around, season again, and bake a light brown in a quick oven.Cookery for Little Girls|Olive Hyde Foster
Word Origin for scatter
mid-12c. (transitive), possibly a northern English variant of Middle English schateren (see shatter), reflecting Norse influence. Intransitive sense from early 15c. Related: Scattered; scattering. As a noun from 1640s.