distributed or occurring here and there at irregular intervals; scattered.
straggling, as an assemblage of parts.
(of votes) cast in small numbers for various candidates.
distributing, dispersing, or separating.
a small, scattered number or quantity.
Physics. the process in which a wave or beam of particles is diffused or deflected by collisions with particles of the medium that it traverses.
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.
a small amount
(physics) the process in which particles, atoms, etc, are deflected as a result of collision
(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.
The spreading of a stream of particles or a beam of rays, as of light, over a range of directions as a result of collisions with other particles. The sky appears blue due to the tendency of air molecules to scatter blue and violet light more than light of other frequencies. The scattering probabilities and patterns of subatomic particles, accelerated by particle accelerators and aimed at a target, is a major component of experimental particle physics. See also diffusion, cross section.
noun 1. deep scattering layer. deep scattering layer noun, Oceanography. 1. a zone of biological origin within the ocean, at a depth of 900–1200 feet (270–360 meters), which scatters sounding echoes. deep scattering layer (dēp) See scattering layer. scattering layer A concentrated layer of marine organisms found in most oceanic waters that reflects and scatters […]
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noun 1. a woman’s small ornamental pin, usually worn with other similar pins on a dress, suit jacket, etc. noun 1. a small decorative pin usually worn in groups of two or three
noun 1. a small rug, placed on the floor in front of a chair, under a table, etc. noun 1. a small rug used to cover a limited area
adjective 1. delivered over a wide area and at random; generalized and indiscriminate: a scattershot attack on the proposed program. adjective 1. random; haphazard: their approach to conservation is scattershot and unscientific