Origin of scattering
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
Synonyms for scatter
Examples from the Web for scattering
Contemporary Examples of scattering
Scattering the truly disadvantaged was much easier when so many were flood-displaced.Eight Years After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Has Been Resurrected
August 29, 2013
Historical Examples of scattering
Scattering it in tenements and residential districts has been very unfortunate.Society
Henry Kalloch Rowe
Scattering flowers upon a cesspool of iniquity will not purify it.Gipsy Life
Scattering the wind in their wild rush, the animals take flight.The Temptation of St. Antony
Scattering in various directions we ragged about until tea-time.From Snotty to Sub
Wolstan Beaumont Charles Weld Forester
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.
Word Origin for scatter
mid-14c., "that which has been strewn about;" late 14c., "act of dispersing," verbal noun from scatter (v.).