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. To frustrate, disappoint, and overthrow.
to scatter hopes or plans
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