Scatter Definition

scattered, scattering, scatters
scattered, scattering, scatters
To throw here and there or strew loosely; sprinkle.
Webster's New World
To sprinkle over (with) something.
Webster's New World
To separate and drive in many directions; rout; disperse.
Webster's New World
To be strewn over or across.
The field was scattered with rocks.
American Heritage
To separate and go off in several directions.
The crowd scattered.
Webster's New World
The act or process of scattering.
Webster's New World
That which is scattered about.
Webster's New World

Origin of Scatter

  • From Middle English scateren, skateren, (also schateren, see shatter), from Old English sceaterian, probably from a dialect of Old Norse. Compare Middle Dutch scheteren (“to scatter"), Low German schateren, Dutch schateren (“to burst out laughing").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English scateren perhaps from northern dialectal alteration of Old English sceaterian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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