from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of scatter.
  • adj. randomly distributed.
  • adj. covering three eighths to four eighths of the sky.
  • adj. affecting 30 percent to 50 percent of a forecast zone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dispersed; dissipated; sprinkled, or loosely spread.
  • adj. Irregular in position; having no regular order.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Widely separated; found, occurring, or placed at wide or irregular intervals of distance.
  • Wandering; vague.
  • Disunited; divided; distracted.
  • In botany, irregular in position; without apparent regularity of order: as, scattered branches; scattered leaves.
  • In entomology, irregularly spread or strewn over a surface: noting punctures, dots, or other small marks of sculpture or color. Compare dispersed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking orderly continuity
  • adj. occurring or distributed over widely spaced and irregular intervals in time or space


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