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English Dictionary: scattered by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
scattered
adj
  1. occurring or distributed over widely spaced and irregular intervals in time or space; "scattered showers"; "scattered villages"
  2. lacking orderly continuity; "a confused set of instructions"; "a confused dream about the end of the world"; "disconnected fragments of a story"; "scattered thoughts"
    Synonym(s): confused, disconnected, disjointed, disordered, garbled, illogical, scattered, unconnected
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]:
   Scattered \Scat"tered\, a.
      1. Dispersed; dissipated; sprinkled, or loosely spread.
  
      2. (Bot.) Irregular in position; having no regular order; as,
            scattered leaves. -- {Scat"tered*ly}, adv. --
            {Scat"tered*ness}, n.
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