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scattering

  1. present participle of scatter

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scattering (plural scatterings)

  1. A small quantity of something occurring at irregular intervals and dispersed at random points,
    There will be a scattering of showers, with heavy rain in places.
    • 2017 June 26, Alexis Petridis, “Glastonbury 2017 verdict: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Lorde, Stormzy and more”, in the Guardian[1]:
      There was something distinctly low-key, even wilfully alienating about the band’s performance. A scattering of OK Computer tracks were interspersed with more abstract latterday material – the clatter of 15 Step and Myxamatosis.
  2. (physics) The process whereby a beam of waves or particles is dispersed by collisions or similar interactions.

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