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English Dictionary: scatter by the DICT Development Group
3 results for scatter
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a haphazard distribution in all directions [syn: scatter, spread]
  2. the act of scattering
    Synonym(s): scatter, scattering, strewing
  1. to cause to separate and go in different directions; "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"
    Synonym(s): disperse, dissipate, dispel, break up, scatter
  2. move away from each other; "The crowds dispersed"; "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";
    Synonym(s): disperse, dissipate, scatter, spread out
  3. distribute loosely; "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"
    Synonym(s): scatter, sprinkle, dot, dust, disperse
  4. sow by scattering; "scatter seeds"
  5. cause to separate; "break up kidney stones"; "disperse particles"
    Synonym(s): break up, disperse, scatter
  6. strew or distribute over an area; "He spread fertilizer over the lawn"; "scatter cards across the table"
    Synonym(s): spread, scatter, spread out
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Scatter \Scat"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scattered}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Scattering}.] [OE. scateren. See {Shatter}.]
      1. To strew about; to sprinkle around; to throw down loosely;
            to deposit or place here and there, esp. in an open or
            sparse order.
                     And some are scattered all the floor about.
                     Why should my muse enlarge on Libyan swains, Their
                     scattered cottages, and ample plains? --Dryden.
                     Teach the glad hours to scatter, as they fly, Soft
                     quiet, gentle love, and endless joy.   --Prior.
      2. To cause to separate in different directions; to reduce
            from a close or compact to a loose or broken order; to
            dissipate; to disperse.
                     Scatter and disperse the giddy Goths. --Shak.
      3. Hence, to frustrate, disappoint, and overthrow; as, to
            scatter hopes, plans, or the like.
      Syn: To disperse; dissipate; spread; strew.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Scatter \Scat"ter\, v. i.
      To be dispersed or dissipated; to disperse or separate; as,
      clouds scatter after a storm.
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