- scatter shot,
Origin of scattered
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)
Origin of scatter
Examples from the Web for scattered
Scattered here and there were the corpses of horses and donkeys.
Scattered around the country are members of a small fraternity of guys who own tanks.
Scattered on the sidewalk, just beneath the flickering bulbs, were a handful of honeybees.
Scattered on the floor were pages of what would become Naked Lunch.
Scattered around the room are the paintings that his wife did, in a burst of creativity, during the last months of her life.
Scattered bullets began flying amidst the wet trees, and wild outcries filled the air.The Shield|Various
Scattered over the plateaus are the ruins of many ancient stone pueblos, not unlike those previously described.Canyons of the Colorado|J. W. Powell
Scattered here and there were smaller rubies and sapphires, down to the size of grains of sand.Space Prison|Tom Godwin
Scattered bands were dispersed and places occupied; but the Zulus lost all heart, and went off at once to their villages.Our Soldiers|W.H.G. Kingston
Scattered here and there were many farmhouses and quiet villages.Home Geography For Primary Grades|C. C. Long
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.