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

scatter + -ed2

scatteredly, adverb
scatteredness, noun
unscattered, adjective
well-scattered, adjective
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Word Origin & History

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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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.

The act of scattering or the condition of being scattered.
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