From Middle English scateren, skateren, (also schateren, see shatter), from Old English sceaterian, probably from a dialect of Old Norse. Possibly related to Proto-Indo-European *skēi-t-. Compare Middle Dutch scheteren (“to scatter”), Low German schateren, Dutch schateren (“to burst out laughing”); and is apparently remotely akin to Ancient Greek σκεδάννυμι (skedánnumi, “scatter, disperse”), [Skeat].
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈskætɚ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈskætə/
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- Rhymes: -ætə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: scat‧ter
- (ergative) To (cause to) separate and go in different directions; to disperse.
- the police scattered the crowds
- the crowd scattered
- Scatter and disperse the giddy Goths.
- (transitive) To distribute loosely as by sprinkling.
- Her ashes were scattered at the top of a waterfall.
- Why should my muse enlarge on Libyan swains, / Their scattered cottages, and ample plains?
- (transitive, physics) To deflect (radiation or particles).
- (intransitive) To occur or fall at widely spaced intervals.
- (transitive) To frustrate, disappoint, and overthrow.
- to scatter hopes or plans
- (transitive) To be dispersed upon.
- Desiccated stalks scattered the fields.
2016, J. D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy, page 21:
- […] its beauty is obscured by the environmental waste and loose trash that scatter the countryside.
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