from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a scattered or dispersed manner; here and there.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a scattering manner; dispersedly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb in a scattering manner, suggesting scattering.


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  • Wednesday — her brothers, and some of their people, will scatteringly, and as if they knew nothing of you, [so we have contrived,] see you safe not only to London, but to her house at

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Then foreseeing the enemy would endeavor to steal scatteringly into the city in the dark, he posted strong parties of the Achaeans all along the watercourses and sloping ground near the walls.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • Being to speak of some places, scatteringly taken notice of here and there, let us begin with the Roman garrisons, which were dispersed all the land over: and this we do the rather, because the Notitia Imperii, whence they are transcribed, is not so common in every one's hand.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • They were not wont, say the Glosses, to bury men of the same family here and there, scatteringly, and by themselves, but altogether in one cave: whence, if any one sells his neighbour a place of burial, he sells him room for two caves, or hollows on both sides, and a floor in the middle.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • She pushed cautiously down to the edge of the rocks where the bushes grew scatteringly, pretending to herself that she wanted a bit of wild geranium that flourished in a crevice far below the top.

    Judith of the Cumberlands

  • Leaving the Taw and crossing the country to the south, and a little to the west, one reaches the Torridge, and Torrington, a town 'built scatteringly, lying at length, as it were, upon the brow of a hill hanging over the river.'

    Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts

  • They made a great contrast as they sat together in the woody shade, where the woodbine-scented breeze was fanning softly, and the quivering light fell scatteringly.

    Left at Home or, The Heart's Resting Place

  • A large number of crude thatched huts had been erected scatteringly at the bases of the trees surrounding the level clearing.

    Terry A Tale of the Hill People

  • At first they came scatteringly, riding the foaming waves end-on, and sometimes colliding with the stone piers of the bridge with sufficient force to split the unhewn timbers from end to end, some being laid open as neatly as though done with axe and wedge.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp or, the Old Lumberman's Secret

  • In a few minutes the rush was over, and then they came scatteringly, singly, and by twos and threes.

    The Challenge of the North


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