- (transitive) To cause to separate and go in different directions.
- (transitive) To distribute loosely as by sprinkle, sprinkling.
- (transitive) (physics) To deflect (radiation or particles).
- (intransitive) To separate and go in different directions; disperse.
- (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').
- Dutch: uiteenspatten, uiteengaan
- French: se disperser
- German: streuen
- Italian: dilazionarsi
- Spanish: esparcir
Supplemental Details:Sponsor an extended definition for scatter for as little as $10 per month. Click here to contact us.