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verb 
  1. (transitive) To cause to separate and go in different directions.
  2. (transitive) To distribute loosely as by sprinkle, sprinkling.
  3. (transitive) (physics) To deflect (radiation or particles).
  4. (intransitive) To separate and go in different directions; disperse.
  5. (intransitive) To occur or fall at widely spaced intervals.
Etymology: From scateren < sceaterian, probably from a dialect of Old Norse. Cf. Low German schateren and Dutch schateren ('to burst out laughing').


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