Middle English , scateren , (also skateren , see schateren ), from shatter Old English , probably from a dialect of sceaterian . Possibly related to Old Norse Proto-Indo-European . Compare *skēi-t- Middle Dutch scheteren ( “ to scatter ” ), Low German , Dutch schateren schateren ( “ to burst out laughing ” ); and is apparently remotely akin to Ancient Greek σκεδάννυμι ( skedánnumi, “ scatter, disperse ” ), [Skeat].
scatter ( third-person singular simple present , scatters present participle , scattering simple past and past participle ) scattered
( ergative ) To (cause to) separate and go in different directions; to disperse.
the police scattered the crowds
the crowd scattered Shakespeare
Scatter and disperse the giddy Goths.
( transitive ) To distribute loosely as by sprinkling.
Her ashes were scattered at the top of a waterfall. Dryden
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, , page 21: Hillbilly Elegy
[… ] its beauty is obscured by the environmental waste and loose trash that scatter the countryside.
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