- to throw loosely about; distribute at irregular intervals: to scatter seeds.
- to separate and drive off in various directions; disperse: to scatter a crowd.
- 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.
- to separate and disperse; go in different directions.
Origin of scatter
Synonyms for scatterSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for scattersprinkle, divide, fling, distribute, shatter, litter, pour, shower, spray, spread, discard, shed, set, migrate, dispel, sow, disunite, sever, diverge, dissipate
Examples from the Web for scatter
Contemporary Examples of scatter
Scatter half the rub over the surface of the meat and then use your fingers to distribute the rub evenly.An American Prairie Feast
July 17, 2010
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
Historical Examples of scatter
Scatter the fires at once and extinguish the blazing brands.The Cat of Bubastes
G. A. Henty
Scatter the redcoats, drive them off the island, hurl them into the river!The Liberty Boys Running the Blockade
Scatter my ashes to all the winds—spread them through all seas.Short Studies on Great Subjects
James Anthony Froude
I could sing 'Scatter seeds of kindness' and 'Yield not to temptation.'An Australian Lassie
Our motto is "Scatter Sunshine," and our song is the prettiest music I ever heard.The Lilac Lady
Ruth Alberta Brown
- (tr) to throw about in various directions; strew
- to separate and move or cause to separate and move in various directions; disperse
- to deviate or cause to deviate in many directions, as in the diffuse reflection or refraction of light
- the act of scattering
- a substance or a number of objects scattered about
Word Origin for scatter
Word Origin and History for scatter
- To cause to separate and go in different directions.
- To separate and go in different directions; disperse.
- To deflect radiation or particles.
- The act of scattering or the condition of being scattered.