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scat•ter



Pronunciation: (skat'ur), [key]
v.t.
1. to throw loosely about; distribute at irregular intervals: to scatter seeds.
2. to separate and drive off in various directions; disperse: to scatter a crowd.
3. Physics.
a. to refract or diffract (light or other electromagnetic radiation) irregularly so as to diffuse in many directions.
b. (of a medium) to diffuse or deflect (light or other wave phenomena) by collisions between the wave and particles of the medium.

v.i.
to separate and disperse; go in different directions.

n.
1. the act of scattering.
2. something that is scattered.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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