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English Dictionary: scatter by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
scatter
n
  1. a haphazard distribution in all directions [syn: scatter, spread]
  2. the act of scattering
    Synonym(s): scatter, scattering, strewing
v
  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.
                                                                              --Chaucer.
  
                     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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