- 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.
Origin of scatter
synonym study for scatter
OTHER WORDS FROM scatterscat·ter·a·ble, adjectivescat·ter·er, nounscat·ter·ing·ly, adverb
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For as much as advertisers may gripe about the calendar-year upfront rate increases, “I think scatter will be even worse,” said a third agency executive.TV ad buyers expect networks to tax upfront advertisers that waited to commit|Tim Peterson|October 26, 2020|Digiday
Between networks’ mixed-up programming schedules and NFL and college football games being rescheduled, TV advertisers are increasingly looking to the scatter market as a more flexible buying option in the fourth quarter.
Advertisers turning to the scatter market to adapt to an unstable TV landscape is one reason for the expected pricing surge, but it’s not the only one.
“Any of those scatter buyers that are chasing really specific spots, there is tightness,” Morgan said.
As a result, advertisers are turning to TV’s scatter market, where networks sell the inventory left unclaimed by upfront advertisers, as a way to adapt to the unstable TV landscape.
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 a little dust on your head—a very little—not enough to dim the lustre on your hair.Sarchedon|G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
Scatter thinly on the outside and in the trench, but on the inside place more liberally.Deadfalls and Snares|A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Scatter all the rails, plates, and ties down our side of the slope.A Tatter of Scarlet|S. R. Crockett
Scatter-brained and "afternoon" men spoil much more than their own affair in spoiling the temper of those who deal with them.Essays, First Series|Ralph Waldo Emerson
Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!The Story of Florence|Edmund G. Gardner