From Middle English scateren, from Old English sceaterian, probably from a dialect of Old Norse. Compare Low German schateren, Dutch schateren and Norwegian skratte ('to burst out laughing').
- (ergative) To (cause to) separate and go in different directions; to disperse.
- the police scattered the crowds
- the crowd scattered
- (transitive) To distribute loosely as by sprinkling.
- Her ashes were scattered at the top of a waterfall.
- (transitive) (physics) To deflect (radiation or particles).
- (intransitive) To occur or fall at widely spaced intervals.
to cause to separate
to distribute loosely
physics: to deflect
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