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[bak-skat-er] /ˈbækˌskæt ər/
noun, Physics.
the deflection of nuclear particles or of radiation in a scattering process through an angle greater than 90°.
Also, backscattering.
Origin of backscatter
1955-60; back2 + scatter Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for backscatter
  • Aim your lights correctly to avoid backscatter-out and outward is the best approach.
  • backscatter machines are thus many times more dangerous than other sources of ionizing radiation at the same measured dosage.
  • As radar images represent surface backscatter rather than reflected light, there is no colour in a standard radar image.
  • X-ray backscatter technology uses a narrow, low intensity x-ray beam, scanned over the body's surface at high speed.
backscatter in Science
  1. The deflection of radiation or particles by electromagnetic or nuclear forces through angles greater than 90° to the initial direction of travel.

  2. The radiation or particles so deflected.

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