from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Covering a wide range in a random way; indiscriminate: "his habit of scattershot comment on whatever issue catches his eye” ( Howell Raines).

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  • adj. Covering a broad range in a random and unsystematic way.

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  • adj. covering a wide range in a haphazard way


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scatter +‎ shot


  • This Romans-to-NASA section of the book prompts a gee-whiz reaction (and the wistful hope that it 's true), and Mr. Kelly has plenty of other nuggets to pass along — delivered mostly in scattershot fashion.

    Do Machines Have Minds of Their Own?

  • Currently, it is deployed by the Right in scattershot fashion merely to attack the people and ideas with which it disagrees.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • And, yes, he says that sometimes, but it gets lost in all these other -- what many Republicans call scattershot day to day messages of the McCain campaign.

    CNN Transcript Oct 21, 2008

  • Steve Ballmer would bring the company's all encompassing - critics might say 'scattershot' - take on digital media, computing, and entertainment to the stage at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas . News

  • It's very easy to hunt down the kind of scattershot facts that Milbank chooses to collect.

    Dana Milbank would like Sarah Palin to stop fighting and accept defeat graciously.

  • So far, they claim that they've used public data in a kind of scattershot approach - but Dizzy points out in a second update to his post that there may be "more to this than meets the eye".

    The Coffee House | Politics and News Discussion Forum

  • Maybe the "scattershot" vs. "targeted" approach to job applications debate is better suited to another thread?

    Wired Campus

  • Kimberly Chun; her top ten is, as she calls it, "scattershot," but is a pretty good list nonetheless.

    GreenCine Daily

  • "Programmers can often account for platform bugs and glitches, but I think with Android they've accounted for something different -- a 'scattershot' community that looks long-term rather than 'write, release, profit.'"


  • Capitalism: A Love Story, but frankly, it serves up the kind of scattershot tirade I used to hear in my college dorm.

    NPR Topics: News


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