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Definition of the noun scatter

What does scatter mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: scatters

  1. a haphazard distribution in all directions
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of scatter: spread
    • more generic words: dispersion / distribution = the spatial or geographic property of being scattered about over a range, area, or volume
    • more specific word: diffuseness = the spatial property of being spread out over a wide area or through a large volume
  2. the act of scattering
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of scatter: scattering / strewing
    • more generic words: spread / spreading = act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time

Definition of the verb scatter

What does scatter mean as a doing word?

Scatter is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: scattered | scattering | scatters

  1. to cause to separate and go in different directions
    • example: She waved her hand and scattered the crowds
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of scatter: break up / dispel / disperse / dissipate
    • more generic words: divide / separate = make a division or separation
    • more specific word: disband = cause to break up or cease to function
  2. move away from each other
  3. distribute loosely
    • examples: He scattered gun powder under the wagon | They scatter sugar over the cake
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination]Jessica sprayed the wall | Leslie staffed the store
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Jessica loaded the wagon with boxes
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Jessica squirted water
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] at [Destination]Jessica squirted water at me
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Jessica loaded boxes into the wagon
      [Theme - substance or concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Locative or Directional Preposition] [Destination]Paint sprayed onto the wall

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): brush, drizzle, hang, plaster, pump, rub, seed, sew, shower, smear, smudge, sow, spatter, splash, splatter, spray, spread, sprinkle, spritz, spurt, squirt, stick, strew, string, swab, wash, wrap.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of scatter: disperse / dot / dust / sprinkle
    • more generic word: discharge = pour forth or release
    • more specific words:
  4. sow by scattering
    • example: scatter seeds
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: seed / sow = place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth
  5. cause to separate
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of scatter: break up / disperse
    • more generic term: change integrity = change in physical make-up
    • more specific word: backscatter = scatter (radiation) by the atoms of the medium through which it passes
  6. strew or distribute over an area


Scatter are an improvisational collective, based in Glasgow. Their music is heavily influenced by jazz and folk.

  • albums: "The Mountain Announces", "Surprising Sing Stupendous Love"
  • official website:


  1. "Scatter" is a musical album of In The Nursery.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  2. "Scatter" is a musical album of Manring Kassin Darter.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  3. "Scatter" is a musical album of Human Feel.
    • released in (25 years ago)

Phrases with Scatter

  1. scatter pin
  2. scatter rug
  3. Scatter plot
  4. Scatter Knotweed

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Scatter

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Google previewCornea Atlas E-Book (2013)

by Jay H. Krachmer, David A Palay

Sclerotic scatter is a slit lamp technique, unlike the others, that requires an adjustment in the equipment. This illustration demonstrates the use of the Haag- Streit slit lamp. Because the light source is directed far from the area being examined, ...

Google previewDental Radiography - E-Book (2013)

Principles and Techniques by Joen Iannucci, Laura Jansen Howerton

Compton Scatter It is possible for an x-ray photon to be deflected from its path during its passage through matter. The term scatter refers to Photoelectron FIGURE 2-24 When an x-ray photon collides with an inner-shell electron, a photoelectric ...

Google previewWork at the Boundaries of Science (2013)

Information and the Interdisciplinary Research Process by C.L. Palmer

Scatter is the other distinctive feature of the literature that can be brought to bear on interdisciplinary research problems. Literature dispersion has ...

Google previewMeteor Showers (2013)

An Annotated Catalog by Gary W. Kronk

The candidate with least scatter is a possible weak shower from February 2 to 7 (l = 313°–318°), based on just 66 shower members.

Google previewMammographic Image Analysis (1999)

by Ralph Highnam, Michael Brady

Introduction Scatter is a major degrading factor in the appearance of mammographic images therefore removal of its effects improves perceived image quality. Scattered radiation degrades mammographic images by imparting a smoothly ...

Google previewThe Printing Ink Manual (2012)

by Robert Leach

Scatter is a complex phenomenon, primarily dependent upon the relative refractive indices of the pigment and the medium in which it is dispersed, and the particle size. Particle shape, degree of aggregation and the wavelength of the light also ...

Google previewPrinciples and Methods of Immunotoxicology (2004)

by Jacques Descotes

light scatter is an approximate indicator of cell size and is commonly used to distinguish viable from dead cells which exhibit lower forward- angle light scatter. Increased forward-angle light scatter may be seen with ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Numípu Or Nez Perce Language (1895)

by Morvillo, Anthony

Scatter, to ...

Google previewSimiles Dictionary (2013)

by Elyse Sommer

threshing floors; the wind carried them away —The Holy Bible Scatter and divide like fleecy clouds self—multi— plied —William Wordsworth Scattered as the seeds of wild grass —Beryl Markham Scattered [audience across vacant seats in a ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney ... rev. & enl. under the superintendence of Benjamin E. Smith (1911)

scatter ( skat'er), ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Optical Engineering: Las-Pho, pages 1025-2048 (2003)

by Ronald G. Driggers

X-ray scatter in the transmitted beam reduces subject contrast by adding background signals that are not representative of the anatomy. The amount of scatter increases with object thickness and field size (Table 1 ). The "scatter-to- primary" ...

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Usage statistics about scatter

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun scatter:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb scatter:


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Quotes about Scatter

Scatter sunshine
Not dirty dust
Scatter sunshine
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Scrabble value of S1C3A1T1T1E1R1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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