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Definitions of scatter

  1. To cast about irregularly; strew; disperse; defeat. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. To cause to separate in different directions; to reduce from a close or compact to a loose or broken order; to dissipate; to disperse. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Hence, to frustrate, disappoint, and overthrow; as, to scatter hopes, plans, or the like. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To disperse in all directions: to throw loosely about: to strew: to sprinkle. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To sprinkle; disperse. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To be dispersed or dissipated; to disperse or separate; as, clouds scatter after a storm. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To be dispersed or dissipated; to separate and go in different directions, as a crowd. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To be dispersed. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. to cause to separate and go in different directions, of crowds, for example; "She waved her hand and scattered the crows." Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. strew or distribute over an area; "He spread fertilizer over the lawn"; "scatter cards across the table" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. sow by scattering Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. distribute loosely; "He scattered gun powder under the wagon" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. To throw loosely about; to disperse. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. To throw loosely about; to strew; to disperse or dissipate; to be dispersed. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. a haphazard distribution in all directions Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. sow by scattering; "scatter seeds" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. Scatterer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for scatter

  1. " We'd share it, and scatter it together," he said. – The Awakening and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin
  2. Of all the flowers on the hill over yonder Must you the fairest one find, And bit by bit you must tear it asunder And scatter it far to the wind, Then- only then will you happiness find!" – Early Plays Catiline, The Warrior's Barrow, Olaf Liljekrans by Henrik Ibsen
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