1. [ adjective ] occurring or distributed over widely spaced and irregular intervals in time or space

"scattered showers" "scattered villages"

Related terms: distributed
2. [ adjective ] not close together in time
Synonyms: isolated stray

"isolated instances of rebellion" "scattered fire" "a stray bullet grazed his thigh"

Related terms: sporadic
3. [ adjective ] being distributed here and there without order
Synonyms: strewn

"scattered leaves littered the sidewalk" "don't forget to pick up the clothes lying strewn all over the floor"

Related terms: distributed
4. [ adjective ] lacking orderly continuity
Synonyms: confused disordered disjointed garbled illogical unconnected disconnected

"a confused set of instructions" "a confused dream about the end of the world" "disconnected fragments of a story" "scattered thoughts"

Related terms: incoherent
Similar spelling:   scatter