Definition for scattering (2 of 2)
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 scattering
Scattering the truly disadvantaged was much easier when so many were flood-displaced.Eight Years After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Has Been Resurrected|Jason Berry|August 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Scattering cases of second reconciliations can also be found elsewhere.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 3|Henry Charles Lea
Scattering a meager ration of corn, Mrs. Peabody went into the hen house and reappeared presently with a basket filled with eggs.Betty Gordon at Bramble Farm|Alice B. Emerson
Scattering quickly, and under the cover of the different houses, he advanced within a very short distance of the fort.The Siege of Mafeking (1900)|J. Angus Hamilton.
Scattering shots were fired in return, but all fell short, the water spurting up in little jets where they struck.The Scouts of the Valley|Joseph A. Altsheler
Scattering clams occur on Wind flat, the Oyster grant, and in patches along the shore.A Report upon the Mollusk Fisheries of Massachusetts|Commissioners on Fisheries and Game
British Dictionary definitions for scattering (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for scattering (2 of 2)
Word Origin for scatter
Word Origin and History for scattering (1 of 2)
mid-14c., "that which has been strewn about;" late 14c., "act of dispersing," verbal noun from scatter (v.).