1. [ verb ] to cause to separate and go in different directions, of crowds, for example
Synonyms: break_up dissipate disperse dispel

"She waved her hand and scattered the crows."

Related terms: separate disband dispersion dissipation
2. [ verb ] move away from each other
Synonyms: dissipate spread_out disperse

"The crowds dispersed" "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";

Related terms: separate break volley aerosolise aerosolize dispersion dissipation
3. [ verb ] distribute loosely
Synonyms: sprinkle disperse dust dot

"He scattered gun powder under the wagon."

Related terms: discharge spray sprinkle aerosolize spray spatter bespangle dust
4. [ verb ] (botany) sow by scattering

"scatter seeds"

Related terms: sow
5. [ verb ] cause to separate
Synonyms: disperse break_up

"break up kidney stones" "disperse particles"

Related terms: change_integrity backscatter
6. [ verb ] strew or distribute over an area
Synonyms: spread spread_out

"He spread fertilizer over the lawn" "scatter cards across the table"

Related terms: circulate circumfuse manure distribute birdlime spread spread
7. [ noun ] a haphazard distribution in all directions
Synonyms: spread
Related terms: distribution diffuseness spread diffuse circulate spread disperse disperse spread
8. [ noun ] the act of scattering
Synonyms: strewing scattering
Related terms: spread disperse disperse strew spread
Similar spelling:   scattered