distributed or occurring at widely spaced and usually irregular intervals:
scattered villages; scattered showers.
distracted or disorganized:
Meteorology. (of clouds) covering up to one-half of the sky.
Compare broken (def 5).
verb (used with object)
to throw loosely about; distribute at irregular intervals:
to scatter seeds.
to separate and drive off in various directions; disperse:
to scatter a crowd.
to refract or diffract (light or other electromagnetic radiation) irregularly so as to diffuse in many directions.
(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)
to separate and disperse; go in different directions.
the act of scattering.
something that is scattered.
(transitive) to throw about in various directions; strew
to separate and move or cause to separate and move in various directions; disperse
to deviate or cause to deviate in many directions, as in the diffuse reflection or refraction of light
the act of scattering
a substance or a number of objects scattered about
scatter scat·ter (skāt’ər)
v. scat·tered, scat·ter·ing, scat·ters
To cause to separate and go in different directions.
To separate and go in different directions; disperse.
To deflect radiation or particles.
The act of scattering or the condition of being scattered.
noun, Statistics. 1. a graphic representation of bivariate data as a set of points in the plane that have Cartesian coordinates equal to corresponding values of the two variates. scatter diagram noun 1. (statistics) a graph that plots along two axes at right angles to each other the relationship between two variable quantities, such as […]
noun, Cards. 1. sheepshead (def 4).
noun 1. Simon (Michael). born 1945, British historian, art critic, and broadcaster, based in the US; his work includes The Embarrassment of Riches (1987), Landscape and Memory (1995), and the BBC television series A History of Britain (2000–02)
verb (used with object), schapped [shahpt] /ʃɑpt/ (Show IPA), schapping. 1. to remove sericin from (silk waste) by fermentation. noun 2. schappe silk. noun 1. a yarn or fabric made from waste silk