scattered

[skat-erd]
adjective
1.
distributed or occurring at widely spaced and usually irregular intervals: scattered villages; scattered showers.
2.
dispersed; disorganized: scattered forces.
3.
distracted or disorganized: scattered thoughts.
4.
Meteorology. (of clouds) covering up to one-half of the sky. Compare broken ( def 5 ).

Origin:
scatter + -ed2

scatteredly, adverb
scatteredness, noun
unscattered, adjective
well-scattered, adjective
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scatter

[skat-er]
verb (used with object)
1.
to throw loosely about; distribute at irregular intervals: to scatter seeds.
2.
to separate and drive off in various directions; disperse: to scatter a crowd.
3.
Physics.
a.
to refract or diffract (light or other electromagnetic radiation) irregularly so as to diffuse in many directions.
b.
(of a medium) to diffuse or deflect (light or other wave phenomena) by collisions between the wave and particles of the medium.
verb (used without object)
4.
to separate and disperse; go in different directions.
noun
5.
the act of scattering.
6.
something that is scattered.

Origin:
1125–75; Middle English scatere; compare Dutch schateren to burst out laughing

scatterable, adjective
scatterer, noun
scatteringly, adverb


1. broadcast. See sprinkle. 2. Scatter, dispel, disperse, dissipate imply separating and driving something away so that its original form disappears. To scatter is to separate something tangible into parts at random, and drive these in different directions: The wind scattered leaves all over the lawn. To dispel is to drive away or scatter usually intangible things so that they vanish or cease to exist: Photographs of the race dispelled all doubts as to which horse won. To disperse is usually to cause a compact or organized tangible body to separate or scatter in different directions, to be reassembled if desired: Tear gas dispersed the mob. To dissipate is usually to scatter by dissolving or reducing to small atoms or parts that cannot be brought together again: He dissipated his money and his energy in useless activities.
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scatter (ˈskætə)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to throw about in various directions; strew
2.  to separate and move or cause to separate and move in various directions; disperse
3.  to deviate or cause to deviate in many directions, as in the diffuse reflection or refraction of light
 
n
4.  the act of scattering
5.  a substance or a number of objects scattered about
 
[C13: probably a variant of shatter]
 
'scatterable
 
adj
 
'scatterer
 
n

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scatter
1154, possibly a northern Eng. variant of M.E. schateren (see shatter), reflecting Norse influence. Scatterbrain is first recorded 1790. Scattershot (adj.) is attested from 1961, fig. use of term for a kind of gun charge meant to broadcast the pellets when fired.
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Medical Dictionary

scatter scat·ter (skāt'ər)
v. scat·tered, scat·ter·ing, scat·ters

  1. To cause to separate and go in different directions.

  2. To separate and go in different directions; disperse.

  3. To deflect radiation or particles.

n.
The act of scattering or the condition of being scattered.
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Slang Dictionary

scattered definition


  1. mod.
    drug intoxicated; confused by drug use. (Drugs. See also scat.) : Those poor kids are so scattered, they can't even get themselves to class.
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Example sentences
Its scattered operations position it perfectly for a spread of wealth inland.
There were scattered reports of ballots jamming and machines malfunctioning,
  two big headaches during the primary.
He said the bones would be cremated and scattered over an undisclosed location
  at sea, but he gave no other details.
His diary is scattered with poems, his own and others'.
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