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Definitions of scatter

  1. cause to separate; " break up kidney stones"; " disperse particles"
  2. to cause to separate and go in different directions, of crowds, for example; " She waved her hand and scattered the crows."
  3. move away from each other; " The crowds dispersed"; " The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";
  4. strew or distribute over an area; " He spread fertilizer over the lawn"; " scatter cards across the table"
  5. a haphazard distribution in all directions
  6. sow by scattering
  7. distribute loosely; " He scattered gun powder under the wagon"
  8. sow by scattering; " scatter seeds"
  9. to cause to separate and go in different directions; " She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"
  10. To strew about; to sprinkle around; to throw down loosely; to deposit or place here and there, esp. in an open or sparse order.
  11. To cause to separate in different directions; to reduce from a close or compact to a loose or broken order; to dissipate; to disperse.
  12. Hence, to frustrate, disappoint, and overthrow; as, to scatter hopes, plans, or the like.
  13. To be dispersed or dissipated; to disperse or separate; as, clouds scatter after a storm.
  14. To strew carelessly; disperse; drive in several directions; use wastefully; as, to scatter one's energies.
  15. To be dispersed or dissipated; to separate and go in different directions, as a crowd.
  16. Scatterer.
  17. To disperse in all directions: to throw loosely about: to strew: to sprinkle.
  18. To be dispersed or dissipated.
  19. To be dispersed.
  20. To sprinkle; disperse.
  21. To cast about irregularly; strew; disperse; defeat.
  22. To throw loosely about; to disperse.
  23. To throw loosely about; to strew; to disperse or dissipate; to be dispersed.
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Usage examples for scatter

  1. Were it not so, the wolves would never think of following them as they do; for a buffalo in good health can scatter a whole pack of these cowardly, skulking jackals. – The Boy Hunters by Captain Mayne Reid
  2. In his better moments, indeed, he often wished that she would take the matter into her own hands and throw him over for good and all; but keep away from the place altogether he could not, and often when he fancied himself on the point of doing it, a pretty toss of her head, or a kind look of her eyes would scatter all his good resolutions to the four winds. – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  3. His mother did her best to scatter these dreams, and bring him back to the plain prose of life. – Naples Past and Present by Arthur H. Norway
  4. The players in each court will naturally scatter to be ready to receive the ball. – Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium by Jessie H. Bancroft
  5. The evening was by this time beginning to scatter monstrous shadows from the depths of the vaulted ceiling, and though the two gentlemen were not twenty paces apart, it was impossible for either to recognize the other's face. – Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas
  6. Throw and scatter her! – The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by Thomas Hood
  7. If you will go with me every day and help me scatter my blessings, you will see how happy you will be all the long year." – Buttercup Gold and Other Stories by Ellen Robena Field
  8. Get around 'em on all sides an make them believe you are goin to attack 'em from every quarter, an they will soon scatter so that the Ginnerel can change his base agin. – Letters of Major Jack Downing, of the Downingville Militia by Seba Smith
  9. " We'd share it, and scatter it together," he said. – The Awakening and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin
  10. Then they at once began to scatter in different directions; but the Dragon, impelled both by the wind and her sixty oars, rapidly overtook them. – The Dragon and the Raven or, The Days of King Alfred by G. A. Henty
  11. They threatened to seize him and scatter his bones abroad like dust. – Women of Early Christianity Woman: In all ages and in all countries, Vol. 3 (of 10) by Alfred Brittain Mitchell Carroll
  12. When they fall, dead trees scatter sparks and embers over a wide belt. – The School Book of Forestry by Charles Lathrop Pack
  13. 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
  14. These stones, falling with destructive force upon the boats and upon those who were in them, would scatter death and confusion in their ranks. – The Story of Malta by Maturin M. Ballou
  15. I threw myself into the chair by Elsa, saying: How it would surprise and scatter all these good people if you suddenly announced that you'd changed your mind, Elsa! – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  16. How the chips did fly and scatter with each and every blow of that descending ax! – The Boy Scouts with the Motion Picture Players by Robert Shaler
  17. If I scatter the fire by kicking, I will cause all the land to blaze. – Myths and Legends of the Great Plains by Unknown
  18. The only trouble would be that they'd scatter so quick when you opened fire that you wouldn't be able to bag more than one or two. – Northern Diamonds by Frank Lillie Pollock
  19. He made up his mind that he would blight and scatter every shining leaf of its snowy bloom. – Woodland Tales by Ernest Seton-Thompson
  20. After a minute of this I'm darned if the whole bunch didn't scatter out and begin to tear up the pavement along the car- track on this cross street. – Somewhere in Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
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