from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something scattered, especially a small, irregularly occurring amount or quantity: a scattering of applause.
- n. Physics The dispersal of a beam of particles or of radiation into a range of directions as a result of physical interactions.
- adj. Placed irregularly and far apart; scattered.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of scatter.
- n. A small quantity of something occurring at irregular intervals and dispersed at random points,
- n. The process whereby a beam of waves or particles is dispersed by collisions or similar interactions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Going or falling in various directions; not united or aggregated; divided among many.
- n. Act of strewing about; something scattered.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of sprinkling, strewing, or dispersing; dispersion.
- n. That which has been scattered or strewn abroad.
- n. One of a number of disconnected or fragmentary things.
- n. The irregular reflection of light from a surface not perfectly smooth, or from many minute surfaces.
- Separating and dispersing in all directions: as, a scattering flock of birds; a scattering shot.
- Of rare or irregular occurrence; sporadic.
- Miscellaneous; diversified: as, scattering votes.
- Separated from the school, as fish: hence, sparse; scarce.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. spreading widely or driving off
- n. the act of scattering
- n. a small number (of something) dispersed haphazardly
- n. the physical process in which particles are deflected haphazardly as a result of collisions
- n. a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby
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